Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 11, 2012

Katie Kastl

Senior, Theology and Secondary Education Double Major

Acts 15:22-31
Ps 57:8-9, 10 and 12
Jn 15:12-17

Tomorrow is a very important day for my classmates and I. Tomorrow we will don long robes and ridiculous square hats and walk across the stage to shake hands with the president and receive a diploma. We are graduating from Creighton University. I am really terrified. I am not sure what my future will look like or what my life will bring. But, I do know one thing, my life will be an attempt to live out the final commandment that Jesus gave us: love one another as I love you.

We all have different paths to take. My classmates and I are getting ready to start the next part of our journey. It might be a job; it might be graduate school. You may still be in college, getting ready to retire, or welcoming another person into your family. Our lives are different, but we are all given the same commandment: love one another as I love you.

This commandment comes right after John tells us about the washing of the feet, and we hear it every year on Holy Thursday. It is probably familiar to you, as it was to me. We are called to love. Jesus himself took on the role of a servant, not a master. He served rather than being served. No matter where our paths take us in life, no matter what vocation we are called to perform, we are all given the same task: love one another as I love you.

My four years at Creighton have taught me many things. One of the most important is that faith is lived out in service. This has been a theme for many of my reflections and it is the theme of my faith journey right now. As I read the Gospels, I can’t help but see a call to action, and Jesus gives it to us, plain as day, in this reading: love one another as I love you.

What ways in our lives can we live out this call? Is it through volunteering at a homeless shelter? Is it taking time to really be with our families? Is it helping fund a charity? Whatever it is, let us never forget: love one another as I love you.

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