Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

November 10, 2011

James Doyle

Freshman, Undecided Major, Pre-Med

Wis 7:22b-8:1
Ps 119:89, 90, 91, 130, 135, 175
Lk 17:20-25

“Behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.” - Luke 17:21

As I reflected on today’s Gospel, this was the verse that really grabbed my attention. If someone told me that Heaven was all around me, I do not know what I would think. When we ponder the many problems in the world, from abortion and hunger to poverty and disease, we may ask ourselves how this could reflect Heaven, a place of perfection. But perhaps it is because we merely see with our eyes. God, however, does not see with eyes like us. He sees with the eyes of the heart. What would we see if we saw life through God’s eyes rather than through our own?

We would be slow to judge. We would never look past someone because each person we meet is a miracle, created to be a son or daughter of God. We would notice the small things, the birds singing in the trees, the beauty of a sunrise, or the smile of a stranger passing by. All of these things reflect the Kingdom of God, yet how often do we simply pass them by without a second thought?

Most perfectly, however, the Kingdom of God is found in the Mass. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is present every day to us in the Eucharist, yet how many times do we actually take advantage of that wonderful opportunity? The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the pinnacle of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, for God himself is truly present to us. We cannot see the great gift of the Mass through human eyes. With the eyes of humanity, we merely see neighbors and friends eating bread and wine, but with the eyes of the heart, with the eyes of Faith, we see our brothers and sisters in Christ partaking in the feast of Heaven and earth, physically holding and becoming one with Christ Jesus. He is the greatest gift we could ever receive. Yet how many times are we bored with the Mass? How many times do we wish we were making better use of our time? The Kingdom of God is literally there with us, but we never seem to notice.

Dear Jesus, we thank you for making yourself present to us every day in the Eucharist. We ask you to increase our love and understanding of your love, made manifest to us, so that we might be sent forth from the altar of sacrifice to be your hands and feet in a world of need.

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