Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

November 14, 2011

Alex Sniffen

Sophomore, History Major with a Specialization in International Relations

1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
Ps 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158
Lk 18:35-43

As I began to look over the reading, something stuck out to me that I’m not sure could be ignored in any situation.

The issue of being accepted plagues many societies and persons, and the United States is not exempt from this. We as a people shun others for being different; some simply because they may not be as “pretty” or “hot” as the media leads us to believe they should be. The Gentiles of Jesus' time seem similar to the general populous today.

 "Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us; since we separated from them, many evils have come upon us." -1 Maccabees 1:11

While we as human beings may not necessarily cast others out for their differences, there is a defined separation in many cliques and social structures in multiple societies. Some countries even have caste systems, further splitting the populations into groups for easier discrimination. Since my knowledge on this subject is limited, allow me to digress to the United States. We group others based on our personal opinions. Even the Gentiles were the sons and daughters of God; yet we still treat others in ways that would make us greatly ashamed if we were to treat our blood siblings in such a way. While this kind of treatment has become common-place today, there are many people who avoid this poor behavior and interact well with every person they come into contact with, but it takes a conscious effort.

One thing that can be brought out from the Gospel reading of Jesus healing the sight of the blind man – a well-known parable from Luke – is the problem most nations have with the homeless and the “untouchables”.  Jesus served those in need, and lived with the impoverished, while we segregate them out of our society and into their own shelters and onto the street. We have let this happen right under our noses without a second glance, however it is also the responsibility of our society and of our hearts to see these problems and take steps in the right direction, standing up for what we believe.

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