Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

October 19, 2011

Rob McMillan

2nd Year Medical Student

Rom 6:12-18
Ps 124: 1b-3, 4-6, 7-8
Lk 12:39-48

There is a song performed by Kenny Chesney called “Everybody Wants to go to Heaven”.  It talks about a person who wants to go to heaven eventually, but only after they have had their fun on Earth.  The line “everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wanna go now” perfectly describes the attitude today’s readings are telling us to reject.

We hear from St. Paul that we are slaves of who we obey, that sin leads to death, and obedience (to God) leads to righteousness.  Notice that Paul uses the word “who” to describe that which we obey.   While all of us believe in Christ ultimately we have two choices: sin and righteousness.  Choosing sin makes us slaves of Satan and will lead us to eternity with him while choosing obedience will have the opposite effect.  In other words, our actions can cause us to lose our salvation.

In the Gospel, Christ provides us with a slightly more alarming description of salvation.  We are told that if (a presumably faithful) servant is found to be acting unfaithfully when his master returns, he will be punished severely and assigned a place with the unfaithful.  Notice that there is no mention of his past righteousness, only his state of sin when the master returns. 

As men and women of Christ we are called to be followers of Christ right now.  Each of us has moments, perhaps many moments, when we obey Satan rather than Christ.  I pray that we can look deep into our hearts and find these aspects of our life, and humbly bring them to the confessional.  Through the Sacrament of Confession God lifts us out of our sinfulness, and sets us back upon the path toward him.  All we have to do is let God do this by asking for forgiveness and making reconciliation with those we hurt.

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