Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

August 22, 2012

Veronica Urbik

Sophomore, Biology Major

Ezek 34:1-11
Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Matt 20:1-16

“Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last." -Matthew 20:16

The oldest of five children, my siblings and I often filled our days bickering over the best toys, fighting over the cupcakes, and tackling each other for the best seat in the car. My father would come and break us up and then would sit us down and say, “the first shall be last and the last shall be first.” It was a cryptic message at the time, but I will forever associate the phrase with my dad. It was his way of imparting his wisdom on us while playing keeper of the peace. At the time, it meant learning how to share and put others before yourself. Now that I am older, it holds this meaning and much more. In today’s society, there are many people who are “last,” so to speak. It’s important for us to remember that these people who may be last on Earth have beautiful hearts and will be rewarded in heaven.

On the other hand, the “firsts” in life must try to stay humble, because their talents are not self-acquired: we are blessed with God’s graces, which are much greater than ourselves.  I love the verse, and I think it is a wonderful message to keep when dealing with the ups and downs that life throws our way.

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