Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

July 21, 2012

Madeline Zukowski

Freshman, Journalism Major

Mic 2:1-5
Ps 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14
Matt 12:14-21

“He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.” –Matthew 12:19

I often forget that Jesus never publicized what he preached.  He didn’t proclaim his father’s teachings to everyone he met, nor did he spread rumors about his miracles.  In other words, he wasn’t like those people who call you or come to your door in hopes to sell you something. He only preached to those who wanted to hear what he had to say.  He performed his miracles for only those who truly needed one.  He never boasted or bragged about what he could do.  Instead, he told people to never tell anyone about his miracles. 

I often forget this because I’m always amazed by how people flocked to Jesus. In a good number of Gospel stories, it seems that there are numerous people who want to hear him preach or perform a miracle for them.  People placed their hope and trust in Jesus.  Jesus was a man who was modest, yet very popular among the people he met. 

Upon reflecting on the modesty of Jesus, I often compare him to the leaders of the United States.  Jesus was a leader, our president is a leader, and our senators and representatives are leaders.  Are our leaders as modest as Jesus was?  I personally believe that our leaders are often too worried about being popular in the eyes of those they lead.  Modesty is a thing of the past. Instead, during any election, you can turn on your T.V. and hear political leaders brag about what they have done and what they will do. According to the Gospels, Jesus was not that kind of leader. 

I believe that we often forget in today’s society that popularity is not everything.  How popular we are does not define who we are.  Following Jesus is often not a popular action. But it’s the right action.  And if we try to do what’s right we will forever be rewarded.   

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