Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 25, 2012

Mary Claire McGlynn

Freshman, Undecided Major

Is 58:9b-14
Ps 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Lk 5:27-32

When I was eight years old, I gave up swinging for Lent. The first Saturday of Lent in 2003 was the hardest day of one of the most challenging and memorable Lenten resolutions I have ever made. For 40 days I did not swing in my backyard, during recess, or in the park. When I told a friend a few years ago I thought it was one of my best Lenten resolutions they laughed at me. How could that outweigh giving up sweets or saying a daily rosary?

In light of the first reading this Gospel has a special significance for me. When Levi, a sinner, is called, he comes right away. The Pharisees' response is to question the people Jesus keeps company with. Typically I would write a reflection about how Christ’s love is meant for all of us regardless of the sins we’ve committed or the things we’ve done wrong. I would write about forgiveness and redemption.

Today however, I will talk about something else. The Church’s deliberate choice to link these two readings has significance. Sometimes I think the responsibilities described in the first reading are reserved for people better than me. But that’s not the case. Christ did come to eat with us sinners. Even today, he shares a Sacred Meal with us in the Holy Eucharist. But Levi wasn’t getting off easily. By eating with Christ he was committing himself to the challenges described in the first reading. He was giving himself entirely to God.

I think the reason giving up swinging was so hard was because during recess and at home my little sister and friends kept on swinging. For the first few weeks I watched them swing. But it was my best Lenten resolution because by the end I was pushing them, making them go higher.

When our faith and putting others first becomes more than an extracurricular, it becomes a vocation, we reap more benefits than we ever intended.

“Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday.” -Isaiah 58:10

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