Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

July 10, 2012

Liz Halfmann

Junior, Theology and Social Work Double Major, Spanish Minor

Hos 8:4-7, 11-13
Ps 115:3-4, 5-6, 7ab-8, 9-10
Matt 9:32-38

“At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd."- Matthew 9:36

Can you imagine what Jesus’ eyes looked like when “his heart was moved with pity”? I imagine them big, brown, and absorbing all around him. Jesus couldn’t have just looked at the people around him; he must have seen the people around him, taking them in: their histories, their personalities, their souls. He saw their abandonment by the so-called authoritative Pharisees, who, in this very Gospel, accuse Jesus himself of working with Satan. Clearly the Pharisees couldn’t see the way Jesus saw in that moment. They chose not to.

Jesus is calling us today to choose to see as he sees. Instead of merely glancing over people as the Pharisees did, our God calls us to peer into the hearts of the people around us: our friends, family, co-workers, and lovers. He asks us to be present and enter into a relationship, however brief, with the cashier at the grocery store, the annoying customer at work, and that one person whom it would just take too much to completely forgive. In truly seeing others, being present to them, and investing time in them, regardless of who they are, I believe Christ wants to show us something absolutely incredible: his own love and commitment to us. No matter how ordinary we may seem to ourselves, our God is madly in love with us exactly as he sees us and he wants to serve and love us with all of himself. That kind of love demands a response. A response to see as he sees and love as he loves.

How will you respond to his love today?

"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest."-Matthew 9:37-38

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