Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students
March 14th, 2014
“If you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
Brotherhood. It is a word that has been utilized a great deal through out my life. I am one of three brothers. It is difficult to describe our relationships with each other, but amidst my inability to explain what my two older siblings mean to me, I am struck by something that exists beyond the realm of words, but nevertheless must be ineffectively crammed within 4 letters: love. One of my brothers once wrote, “we do not always share the same perspective, feel the same way, or think the same thing, but we, especially in our best moments, see each other as God sees all people…fully alive, vibrant spirits, shapers of the world.” My brothers offer to me one of the many glimpses into a truth that exists beyond our full understanding. When looking upon their faces, truly looking, I see not simply flesh, bone, and sinew; I see light that cannot be extinguished, I see clarity that cannot be darkened, and I see a God who cannot be anything but brilliant. Don’t get me wrong, my brothers and I can argue and disagree with the best of them, but, thankfully, our mountains are always taller than our ravines are deep.
I mention my relationship with my brothers because it exists as an excellent platform through which I can reflect on today’s gospel. The emphasis that Jesus placed on brotherhood and sisterhood through out his ministry cannot be overlooked and today’s gospel is no exception. We are blatantly told to put our brother first. We are asked to work on setting aside our selves for the sake of the other. For me, and I think for many of us, this task is most easily accomplished within the realm of our immediate families. However, one of the most wonderful parts of our humanity lies in our ability to build upon our family structure. These additions can be seen in several ways and can bear many faces.
For example, I went to high school with men who I am confident will stand next to me on my wedding day, I live in a house with 5 guys who I plan on knowing for the rest of my life, and I am a part of universal Church whose members hold each other accountable to the truth that God lives within every heartbeat and breath of each of its members. These relationships are not small or insignificant and they must never be taken for granted. Family exists all around us and they are not only some of the greatest gifts we will ever receive, they are also some of the most readily available windows through which we can see God. My prayer is that during this Lenten season we can all have both the strength to expand upon our families and the faith to let them flourish.
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