Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students
January 10th, 2014
Bio | Email: MeganLightfoot@creighton.edu
Too often I think we get caught up in only wanting to give our best to the Lord. While this is a good and noble desire, Jesus came so that we may have life, “I write these things to you so that you may know that you have eternal life, you who believe in the name of the Son of God.” If we are honest with ourselves, life is messy. It includes our best and our worst. There are joys and sorrows, successes and failures, moments of faithfulness and sinfulness. This is life and Jesus wants to enter into this. Jesus, the King of Glory, was born into a mess and laid in a manger- a messy makeshift crib likely covered in animal saliva and food. In the first few days of His life, His parents had to flee with Him to save His life.
This is Jesus who dined with tax-collectors, prostitutes, and sinners of all kinds. God is not afraid of your messiness. He wants all of you; not just your best, but also your worst. He wants your worst so that He can make you clean, for He truly wills it. He wants all of us. We need not fear and try to hide our worst from Him, for He alone is the one who can truly make us clean. He desires to bring us out of our sinfulness, to be made clean immediately through the sacrament of confession and to proclaim with great joy, “Praise the Lord, Jerusalem!”
Lord, thank you for desiring to enter into our lives, even into our messiness. I pray today that we may invite you into the areas of our lives that need to be made clean; that we may approach you in the sacrament of Confession with great thankfulness for the gift of being made clean. May we always know of Your love for us, that we may have eternal life.
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