Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

August 13, 2012

Elizabeth Samson

Junior, Justice and Society Major

Ezek 1:2-5, 24-28c
Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14
Matt 17:22-27

"On the fifth day of the fourth month of the fifth year,
that is, of King Jehoiachin's exile,
The word of the LORD came to the priest Ezekiel,
the son of Buzi,
in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar.--
There the hand of the LORD came upon me."-Ezekiel 1:2-3

We live within a context of people, places, and time. I am the daughter of Steve and Mary; the granddaughter of Carol and John, Louise and Gene; the sister of Jessica and John; and cousin, niece, and friend to so many others. I was born in the 1990's and grew up in California. The lives of my parents and grandparents (and all those who came before them) are now just stories to me but have allowed me to be in this place at this time. I know where my ancestors came from and in the basement of a church in Omaha, where a distant relative is pastor, is my father's mother's family tree. I have not often enough sat down with my parents or grandparents and heard about their lives before I came into it. But the lives they have created, the paths they chose, ultimately helped allow me to choose to come to Creighton and find myself starting my senior year.

It is almost unfathomable to think of all those that came before us; all those that help make us, us. There are many occasions in the Bible where a person is given context by their family members, the place, and the time. These first few lines in the first reading truly stood out to me as I sit in my father's parents' dining room looking at photos of their parents (my great-grandparents) and siblings. There were incredible lives that were once much greater than the photographs before me. Sitting here I feel rooted in a long tradition of family, hard work, and faith. 

Before it was mentioned that the Lord came to the priest Ezekiel, he was first given context. I think this explains the importance of knowing where we are from and how our faith became a part of our lives. How did Catholicism (or the faith you practice) become a part of your life? Did you grow up Catholic? When did you choose to be Catholic? When did your family become Catholic? 

We come from a long line of someones who have made it so that we are here, where we are at this moment. God comes to us through the relationships we have and the family is at the core of our relationships. 

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