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Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students

February 19th, 2014
by
Jayme Beukelman
Bio| Email: JaymeBeukelman@creighton.edu

One of today’s readings comes from the Book of James and is a message that, I believe, fits closely with Creighton’s mission for service. Creighton students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community are inspired and challenged to actively live their lives dedicated to the service – men and women for and with others. Whoever we may be, our majors, occupations, faith stories, or wherever we may live or travel to in the world, we carry Creighton’s spirit for service in our hearts.

James 1: 22 – 25 captures this charitable spirit well: “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror. He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like. But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts; such a one shall be blessed in what he does.”

I can personally testify that my faith  has been enhanced by incorporating service into my daily life, doing small acts of service every day. We do not need to look far to find ways to serve those around us and our actions do not have to be anything grand or flashy. A simple, but genuine, word of encouragement can be a service. As Mother Teresa, an embodiment of a life served for others, said, “kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” Or to further demonstrate how simple serving others can be, another one of Mother Teresa’s sayings is as follows, “not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” We were created to actively engage with others, to be “doers” of service and love for the greater glory of God. James is urging us as Christians to become involved in our communities and share Jesus’ love with others. It is not enough to listen to the homily or sermons on Sunday. Rather, we must take a step further and move from hearing with our ears to giving with our hands and our hearts. As we incorporate what we hear into our lives and our relationships, we may find areas of our lives enhanced, or given a new meaning or purpose. Living our lives for others, as “doers” of the word,” not only touches others as we grow in our community, but also empowers us to reach across borders, boundaries, and misunderstandings to spread the Christian love we are inspired to share!

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