Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

January 8, 2012

Rachel Marlow

Sophomore, Biology Major, Pre-Med

The Epiphany of the Lord
Is 60:1-6
Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6
Mt 2:1-12

What if you woke up tomorrow, and all you had was what you thanked God for today?

I’m not sure who came up with this question, but it is one that always makes me pause and reminds me to thank God in my prayers.  So often we are too busy asking for what we want that we forget to be grateful for the things we have.  I gripe and moan about all the schoolwork I have to do, and then I realize that I need to be thankful for the opportunity that I have to attend such a great school that is going to push me to do my best and become the best person I can be.  We may think we have a difficult life, but sometimes we need to step back and praise God for all we have been given.  The magi travelled for a long time only for the chance to worship God and give Jesus gifts.  They didn’t know him, and they didn’t know what he would do for our world, but they sacrificed a lot just for the chance to worship him.  We should follow their example and put forth the effort to daily thank God for what he does for us.

Something else that struck me about today’s scripture was in the second reading.  In his letter, Paul tells his audience that the Gentiles are included in Jesus’ promise.  At this time, the Gentiles were often seen as the unworthy enemy that was always inferior, and for Paul to suggest that they were offered the same opportunity at redemption as the Jews was somewhat radical.  Today, I think this serves as a reminder to all of us that we need to be accepting of those who are not like us because we are all part of the body of Christ, and we all have a chance for salvation.

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