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Reflections on the Daily Readings
from the Perspective of Creighton Students

December 31th, 2013
by
Emily Peterson
Bio | Email: EmilyPeterson@creighton.edu

In the first reading this week, we are told of the last hour, and of many “false Christs” that have appeared. However, we are assured that we do know the truth, which comes from the Holy One. In life, and especially during the holidays, we are faced with many “false Christs”: from getting too caught up in gift-giving and wish lists to not spending time with family and friends because we are too busy and distracted, it is so easy to get caught up in unimportant things and lose sight of what this season is really about. We are lucky, though, because we have the truth, knowledge, and guidance to stay focused on what truly matters, especially during this time of year.

In the Gospel, we hear about Jesus’s incarnation; his becoming human. This reading calls out to everyone in a personal way: we hear that “what came to be through him was life” and that we have all received grace through him. To me, this reading urges us to strive to become closer to God, and to know him better, because he is reaching out for each of us individually and personally through Jesus.

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