Reflection for Saturday, September 1, 2012: 21st week in Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Roc, S.J.en_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorO'Connor, Roc F., S.J.en_US IIen_US Timeen_US 21en_US
dc.description.abstract"God chose the foolish to shame the wise . . . and the weak of the world to shame the strong . . . " Remember the image of one kid sharing a candy bar by breaking it in half, sizing up the two pieces, taking a bite from the longer one so as to render them mostly equal in length, and then passing it along to the other little kid? Maybe it was in a cartoon, maybe in a show like "The Little Rascals" (yep, I just dated myself!), or somewhere else. It's cute. Part of its cuteness relates to the kindly way it takes the veil off from our eyes for a moment so we recognize ourselves. I trust I'm not over-reaching here.|First of all, let me say that I have been attracted to this particular passage from First Corinthians for a long time. On the one hand, it makes an odd kind of sense. On the other, well, it seems to articulate the gospel direction of "the last shall be first and the first shall be last." I find that I am attracted to that as well.|Here's the deal, though: I get more than a little self-protective when this wisdom comes to play out in my own life in real time. Truth be told, I get downright resistant to this notion whenever it begins to take place in my own experience.|Different realities tug at my heart, back and forth, back and forth . . . Self-protection versus magnanimity Resistance versus acceptance Defiance versus surrender Quid faciam?|I find the underlying question to be: Am I willing to be vulnerable? Am I willing to enter into the essential poverty of my life and not balk (as much)?|Another way to put it is this: What does the fundamental insight / point of conversion / grace look like that would lead me to embrace this important part of my life?|Someday I hope to give the other kid the bigger piece of the candy bar and rejoice in what I have and what is given. Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 430en_US
dc.program.unitSt. John's Parishen_US
dc.program.unitUniversity Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCampus Ministryen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local11 Corinthians 1:26-31en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 33:12-13, 18-19, 20-21en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 25:14-30en_US
dc.titleReflection for Saturday, September 1, 2012: 21st week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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