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dc.contributor.authorO'Reilly, Danen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-06T17:48:48Z
dc.date.available2015-03-06T17:48:48Z
dc.date.issued2015-01-05en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 208en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/66474
dc.description.abstractThe scripture readings today speak to me about love, service and judgment.  In 1 John we are told that, "we should love one another".  The psalmist proclaims, "Serve the Lord with gladness".  In John, Philip takes Nathanael to meet Jesus of Nazareth and Nathanael exclaims "Can anything good come from Nazareth?"|I love Nathanael.  I named my sixth son after him.  Nathanael is so human.  And I am so like him.  I'm way too quick to judge.  Nazareth wasn't Rome or Jerusalem.  No big city lights.  Just a little, back water town.  Nothing special.  Isn't it interesting that Jesus comes from Nazareth.  A carpenter's son, no less.  Wouldn't it have been more fitting if Jesus was from Jerusalem from a wealthy, royal, powerful family?  Did God make a mistake here?  What was God thinking?  What WAS God thinking?  Obviously, God's thoughts are above mine and God knows what He's doing.  And I love Philip's response.  Come and see.|I recently buried an aunt.  My dad's older sister.  She hailed from Girard, Kansas.  Bet you have not heard of Girard.  It's a tiny town in southeast Kansas.  She was born and raised there.  She married and raised six children there.  She lived a quiet life.  She died after a 10 year battle with Alzheimer's.  What a horrific disease.  It robbed her of her ability to recognize even her own children.  You would have thought there would be no one except her relatives at the funeral.  Not so.  Aunt Velma was a woman with a love of God and a heart for others.  People knew it and people loved her for it.|When Aunt Velma realized that Alzheimer's was robbing her of her ability to think and remember, she commented, well, I can't control this, so I might as well smile.  And she did.  My cousin, her son, commented that, when the veil of civilization was stripped away and she didn't know what the rules were or who the people were, she still treated people with a gentle kindness.  Even when she could not remember Christ's command to love thy neighbor, she still did it.  Another cousin commented that, for Aunt Velma, it was a small step for her to move on to the next life. |It may sound foolish, but I wish I were more like my Aunt Velma.  Less judgmental and more willing to love and serve others. |As we launch into 2015, my prayer is for those of us who are quick to judge and slow to obey Christ's command to love each other.  That we would know that Christ loves us and that our reward for remaining faithful to his commands will be to one day see Him face to face.en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.relation.urihttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/69065
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for January 5, 2015: Monday of the Second Week of Christmas.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day5en_US
dc.date.year2015en_US
dc.date.monthJanuaryen_US
dc.program.unitClinical Education and Simulation Centeren_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorO'Reilly, Daniel Patricken_US
dc.date.daynameMondayen_US
dc.date.seasonChristmasen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: Christmas, The Nativity of the Lorden_US
dc.relation.nexthttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/66475
dc.relation.previoushttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/66473
dc.subject.local11 John 3:11-21en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5en_US
dc.subject.local4John 1:43-51en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.date.cycleYear Ien_US


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