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Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students

September 20th, 2013
by
Claudia Brock
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[447] 1 Tim 6:2c-12
Ps 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20
Luke 8:1-3

When looking at these readings a common theme of living with less seems to stand out. The first reading talks about the necessity of being content with living a minimalistic life style and goes on to say that the value of a flourishing faith life is more than any amount of money. The Psalm echoes that sentiment, “Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs.”

The Gospel does not obviously speak about living with less but tells of Jesus embarking on a journey with his twelve disciples and three women who had provided for him out of their resources. This Gospel asked me the question, “What resources have you provided for Jesus?” As the school year begins to increase in intensity it become easier and easier to focus only on yourself, “I have so much to do…I need to make more money...what am I doing this weekend?” With so much attention on your self how can anyone think to focus on Jesus?

What today’s readings call us to do is to give our resources to Jesus. When people hear the word resources they usually think only of money. While these readings do ask us to live with less, the resources we really need to give to Jesus are the ones we are usually less willing to extend to others: our time and energy. We are reminded that in order to be like the Disciples of Christ we must give our resources to Him and relinquish our love of worldly possessions so that we may travel light and follow in the footsteps of the Lord.

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