Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students
October 2nd, 2013
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“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”
This gospel reminds me of a reflection by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh called The Cookie of Childhood:
This reflection by Thich Nhat Hanh reminds me that sometimes we are preoccupied by the past or looking towards the future rather than enjoying the moment of being in the here and now. How often are we like the child that can take his or her time to enjoy the sweet taste of a cookie without worrying too much about what has happened before or what will happen? Simply taking the time to enjoy those little things in life is often underrated or we don’t think we have time for them. But I can recall many times when those special moments have happened in my life and how at peace I felt because I was not worried about anything else but spent that time being fully dedicated to that moment.
I think that Jesus is calling us to be present to our here and now because the past has already happened and the future is yet to but all we can do now is to live in this moment as fully as possible, just like a child does.
So with that, let us take time this day to fully enjoy a moment we are in. Sit outside with cookie or a cup of coffee. Sit with a friend during a break between classes or at work. Sit quietly with God. But whatever we choose to do, let us remember to be fully present!
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