Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 17, 2010

Mandy Widegren

Freshman, Biology Major with Pre-Dental Focus

Gn 49:2, 8-10
Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17
Mt 1:1-17

Magis. Magis refers to the philosophy of doing more, for Christ and for others. And that’s what we are called to do today from these readings: More love. More patience. More care.

In these readings we see the genealogy of Jesus. Jesus was not with us for a particular moment: He was a Messiah longed for all through the ages. God sent many people to prepare the path for Jesus and their presence gave Jesus to the world. During this Advent season we should ask ourselves, how am I working to make Jesus present to the world around me? As Saint Francis of Assisi is quoted, “Preach the Gospel always. When necessary, use words.” I find myself asking, “Do people here at Creighton know my faith by the way I act?” Sometimes I am impatient with others. I need to have more patience to make Jesus present. Sometimes I judge others without knowing the full story. I need to have more openness. Sometimes I don’t treat people the way I should. I need to have more love. I need to strive for Magis: More. When we all have more patience, more openness, more love, we are working to make Jesus present to the world around us. During this Advent season I believe we need to emulate the prophets by making a path for Jesus through faith, commitment and sincerity. So what does that mean for each one of us? Does that mean to act in a more Christian-like way? To give more love? More honesty? More care?

The genealogies in today’s readings can also be looked at from a different way, but it is still based in Magis – we need to be more united. In today’s Gospel Matthew started his genealogy with Abraham, most likely because he was speaking to the Jewish Christians and he wanted to appeal to them. In Luke’s Gospel, however, the author started with Adam, most likely because he was speaking to the Gentile Christians. We can see that there is a clear difference in the genealogies because the two gospel writers were speaking to two different audiences. This just shows that Jesus is the Lord of everyone – He’s the Lord of both the Gentiles and the Jews and He wanted to appeal to both audiences. And still today Jesus is the Lord for everyone, no matter a person’s religious background or beliefs. In present society we are experiencing religious polarization – especially between Christians, Muslims and Jews. We are using Him to divide ourselves. Jesus should be the uniting factor, not the dividing factor. We need to be more accepting, more universal, more tolerant in order to show Jesus’ presence in the world.

During this Advent season I think we are all called to look at how we are creating a path for Jesus in our world. We are called to question whether or not our actions bring Jesus’ presence in our community. And I believe we are called to Magis. More love. More kindness. More faith.

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