Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

September 12, 2012

Liz Halfmann

Junior, Theology and Social Work Double Major, Spanish Minor

I really struggled with today’s first reading. I read it, and re-read it, and then read it again. As a young woman seriously discerning a marriage relationship, Paul stopped me in my tracks as he appeared to discourage marriage in favor of the single and celibate life. First of all, aren’t all the vocations to which we are called equally fruitful? Why was Paul hating on marriage?

Frustrated, I turned to 1 Corinthians and read today’s reading in context. I realized at the time Paul was writing he understood that Jesus would soon be returning to earth. With that kind of mindset, it really did make sense for him to discourage early Christians from making massive changes in their life (such as marrying someone) in order to prepare more fully for Christ’s coming. But I was still left with the questions… “Well, what about today when we’re still waiting for Jesus to come? How on earth is this message to ‘remain’ in my current state of life relevant to me now in this fast-paced world of change?”

I realized God’s underlying message to me and to us all is simply to serve him right where we are. There is no need to worry about the future, about where we may go, or the decisions we may have to make. Paul explains, “it is a good thing for a person to remain as he is,” to serve the Lord as we are called now, in this moment—not looking to who we might be in a few months or years, or after we do this, that, or the other thing.

Now the only question that remains is 'how am I choosing to serve the Lord as I am today?'  

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