Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

January 5, 2012

Katie Kastl

Senior, Theology and Secondary Education Double Major

1 Jn 3:11-21
Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
Jn 1:43-51

"The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers... Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth." -1 John 3:16,18

It is not enough to talk the talk; you must also walk the walk.

If I have gotten one thing from the Gospels, it is that love is manifested in service. Our faith calls us to love each other as Jesus loved us. In his letter, John reminds us that Jesus loved us so much, he laid down his life for us. So too we must be willing to lay our lives down for others.

My four years at Creighton have opened my eyes to many things. One of these is that we are called out of our comfort zone. We are called to serve God in ways we could have never imagined. There is more suffering in this world, of all different kinds, than we truly know. And as a Christian, I am called to love all of these people as Christ loves me. It isn’t enough for me to say things are wrong, but I must actively live my life to correct what is wrong, even if it is just in my own backyard.

Not too long ago, we celebrated light coming into the world, God loving us so much that he took on the flesh of a tiny infant. God came to us, not in a roaring fire or a rushing wind, but a whisper. As the Christmas season closes, let us remember, it doesn’t matter where our walk takes us, as long as we are walking.

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