Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

March 14, 2012

Laura Kent

Sophomore, Nursing Major

Dt 4:1, 5-9
Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
Mt 5:17-19

“But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven." -Matthew 5:19

This Gospel passage has Jesus talking about God’s law, saying that we as Christians are being called to follow God’s commandments. The commandments that were given to Moses are ways in which we should all live our lives to please God. Like any rule or law, following them is not always easy but we must do our best to follow them and help others follow them as well.

As I am growing up and starting to create an identity for myself, I need to think about how others are going to view me and how God is calling me to live my life. Do I want them, and God, to see me as someone who lives a life that would be pleasing for God, or am I living a life that is more pleasing for me? I am always being reminded that I need to be an example to others and live out these commandments. Being an older sibling I am constantly reminded that I should be making good decisions, setting a good example so that they too will be able to live a life pleasing to God. I am also in Nursing school right now and I know that there will be times when my faith is tested by how I treat my patients and coworkers. I pray that God will allow me to be an example of his love to others though my profession and that I am able to follow his commandments and heal others in a spiritual way.

There are so many temptations around us that can prevent us from doing what God is calling us to do. In being a good example for others and not leading others down the wrong path we are doing what God wants. We are choosing to be living examples of his commandments. By doing this we are bringing God’s Kingdom of Heaven to earth by showing Jesus’ love to others.

During this Lenten season we should all strive to be living our daily lives in a way that is pleasing to God. We should be giving him praise and showing all of those around us love and compassion. Following these commandments may be a struggle but they are the best way for us to truly please God and the best way to thank him for all that he has blessed us with.

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