Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

March 2, 2012

Rachel Marlow

Sophomore, Biology Major, Pre-Med

Ez 18:21-28
Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8
Mt 5:20-26

At first when I read today’s readings, I felt like I was being lectured.  I felt like I was being judged where I was sitting, and this was just another thing that I was expected to do.  Upon reading them again, I felt like they were saying something different.  There’s an undertone of understanding and forgiveness in them.  The first reading says we constantly need to strive to be better people.  Being human, none of us will ever be perfect.  But that’s not an excuse for us to not try.  Anyone can turn away from sin at anytime, and be saved by the grace of God.  It’s not always going to be easy, but we always need to do what is right.

The Gospel teaches us to forgive, which can be difficult at times.  I know it’s difficult for me to forgive those who have hurt me; I want them to know they have done me wrong, and I want them to be sorry for it.  But Jesus wants more from me- from us. God forgives us our sins, and he wants us to do the same for others.  When we reconcile with those whom we never thought we would forgive, we are set free from the weight and pain of carrying that burden with us throughout our lives.

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