Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

January 22, 2012

Eric Lomas

2nd Year Dental Student

Jon 3:1-5, 10
Ps 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
1 Cor 7:29-31
Mk 1:14-20

“He guides the humble to justice
and teaches the humble his way.” – Psalm 25:9

Today’s readings brought our upcoming Lenten journey to the forefront of my mind.  As we move towards the most beautiful part of the liturgical year, we are reminded of our need for God, both as a community and as individuals.  It is a call to humility, as we all recall the simple truth that we are not God.  Indeed, we are imperfect creatures of God, which is truly a wonderful thing.  It is good to take glory in our status as creatures and the privilege we have, as human beings, to freely engage the mysteries of life, love, and self.  However, that being said, we should also keep in mind our vulnerability, and our dependence on God (I find this to be a truly difficult thing to come to terms with, but just allowing ourselves to wrestle with the mystery helps tie us all together in Love, who is God). 

Today’s readings, as well as the entire season of Lent, represent a chance for us all to set our life compasses that much closer to Christ.  It is a joyful opportunity, but also a trying one, as such introspection, if truthfully done, often reveals pieces of ourselves that we are not particularly happy with. 

However, as Saint Paul tells us, “the world in its present form is passing away,” (1 Cor 7:31), and, to me, that means we all have a unique chance as human beings to improve, seize the humility of Christ’s example, and plant it deep within our very being. 

The results can be small at first: a smile shared when we didn’t used to do so, a friendly reassurance where we used to turn away, or a stranger served where we used to walk by.  Yet that seed, if properly nurtured and given attention, can spread to a newfound fullness, ingraining in us habits of service and love that have the power to not only change the world and those around us, but also ourselves. 

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