Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

September 8, 2012

Emily Harriman

Sophomore, Psychology Major

Today our Gospel reading is about the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Usually I would have no idea what to write about when it comes to genealogy, but I'm actually glad I got this passage. Last night I was at a meeting in which the speaker talked about the importance of generations. This is especially relevant because this particular passage is the genealogy of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 28:16-20, each and every one of us is called to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In 2 Timothy 2:2, we are called to share the word with reliable people who also qualify to teach others. In my last reference verse, Acts 1:8 we are called to be witnesses to all the earth. All of these verses have something in common. They all call each one of us specifically to share the word of God. These verses don't give us guidelines on how to do this, but it is very clear what we need to do.

If we look at the genealogy of Jesus Christ, we find some amazing spiritual leaders including Abraham and David. We see generations of spiritual leaders. In each generation, the word of God was passed down and shared amongst many. Without them doing so, the genealogy of Jesus Christ might have been different. We need to create our own spiritual generations by telling others about the word of God. It is important to make a strong line of Christians so the word of God spreads even farther, creating more generations of believers.

This is important because we are instructed to do so in various places in the Bible. It's not just something that should maybe happen. It needs to happen. A spiritual generation doesn't have to be within your family. It can start with you sharing Jesus to a friend and that friend sharing with two more friends and so on. Build a line of strong spiritual generations just like that of Jesus.

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