Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

June 7, 2012

Melanie Stara

Sophomore, Elementary Education Major

2 Tim 2:8-15
Ps 25:2-5ab, 8-9, 10+14
Mark 12:28-34

“You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” -Mark 12:34

Wow. The readings for today are incredible; there is so much to hear and learn in these readings, it is difficult to pick out something to reflect on! I think I will start with a passage from the First Reading: “If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us. If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2: 11-13) Each line of this passage speaks volumes about our relationships with the Lord. As Paul said in this letter to Timothy, if we are willing to live our earthly lives for Christ, then we can also spend our eternal lives with him. However, if we reject Christ in our lives on earth, then he will deny us entrance into his heavenly kingdom. The last line of this passage points to God’s infinite mercy and love, because even if we mess up in life (which we inevitably will) God still shows his love for us by forgiving us and continuing to pour out his love in our lives.

Imagine this: life is a game. The object of this game is to live in heaven forever. If we win the game, we live in heaven. However, in order to win the game, we have to know and obey the rules. In this scenario, the rules of the game are given to us by God in the Bible: things like the Commandments and Beatitudes. If we “play” by the rules, then we can “win the game” and live in heaven for eternity. Knowing and following the rules are key to being in communion with God. If we are able to do this, then we will stay near the Kingdom of God.

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