Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 24, 2012

John McCoy

Freshman, Political Science and Economics Double Major

Is 58:1-9a
Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19
Mt 9:14-15

As Catholics, we view Lent as a time to become closer to God through prayer and sacrifice. Perhaps more important is realizing the role of prayer and sacrifice in life in general, in addition to during the season of Lent.

Compared to others, the sacrifices I have had to endure in life seem minimal. I often wonder why the scales of sacrificial equality are so out of whack among humanity. The readings for today ask whether or not God acknowledges the sacrifices we make for him. This makes me wonder if all sacrifices are viewed in the same way by God. How can my trivial challenges be viewed as equivalent to others who have true strife in their lives?

I believe that every single human being receives a call from God. As a college student, a lot of time is spent attempting to discern what that calling is. Just as every human being is different, each of our callings are different and so must our challenges and sacrifices be different.

After realizing what my calling is, both professionally and personally, I recognize that the sacrifices I will have to make will be entirely different than those of my friends. I will undoubtedly need to make sacrifices in the future to ensure I continue to work towards my calling and not fall from the path. However, I believe these sacrifices are indeed recognized by God. And, by offering our sacrifices and challenges to God and asking for his help, the load of our sacrifice becomes much less.

True sacrifice is indeed necessary to build ourselves in the image of God rather than in the materialistic sense to which we may feel more inclined. With the help and guidance of God, I hope to turn my sacrifices into beneficial stepping stones to help me get closer to the image God has for me.

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