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Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students

December 6th, 2013
by
Tin Nguyen
Bio | Email: TinNguyen@creighton.edu

When the blind men beg Jesus, Son of David, "have pity on us!" Jesus asks, "Do you believe that I can do this?" They reply, "Yes, Lord," and their sight becomes restored as consequence of their faith. Today's Gospel from Matthew proposes a compelling reversal of the "seeing is believing" cliché in which faith inspires sight. The idea is simple: Believe in God, believe in his ability to create and inspire goodness, and be grateful. The more mindful and thankful you are of the beauty around you and the power from where it came, the more you will notice and appreciate the splendor of all the people, gifts, and opportunities that surround you. 

Amidst the stress of dead week and finals, I will remind myself to set aside a little bit of time to be mindful, even just for two minutes in the library as a study break. We all should take a moment for ourselves to not simply "hold" a belief in God's benevolence and power, but to truly, truly exercise that belief, that faith, in God and the countless blessings which God has bestowed upon us. Let us be reminded of our faith and use it to prime ourselves into visual acuity, into an awareness of God’s grace. For us students, finals may seem like a personal Hell, but immersing ourselves in positivity will shed light on the finer things in life. Let faith and gratitude guide our sight this Christmas season.

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