Reflection for Thursday, July 14, 2022: 15th Week of Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorScholer, Steveen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorScholer, Steveen_US
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-01T21:36:58Z
dc.date.available2022-08-01T21:36:58Z
dc.date.cycleYear IIen_US
dc.date.day14en_US
dc.date.daynameThursdayen_US
dc.date.issued2022-07-14en_US
dc.date.monthJulyen_US
dc.date.seasonOrdinary Timeen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 15en_US
dc.date.year2022en_US
dc.description.abstract|During the NCAA basketball tournament, a bank ran a TV commercial to illustrate the "the easiest decision in the history of decision making." It shows a group of 8-year-olds picking sides for a pickup basketball game. But not all the participants are 8 years old. Charles Barkley, a retired 6'6" NBA Hall of Famer, who stands towering over the children, is also waiting to be chosen. The first captain to pick proudly says, "I choose Barkley."|As Christians, we know there was an even easier decision in the history of decision making. How about, "I choose Christ?"|Isn't that what Jesus was saying in Matthew? Pick me to be on your team, and I will give you rest…and you will…learn from me…for I am meek and humble of heart.|As we look back on our most meaningful accomplishments, how many of them were achieved as part of a team, working together toward a common goal, being dependent on one another for success?|Psychologists have written much about the importance of teams, and most agree that the key elements to their success include sharing the same goals, open and honest communication with each member, dedication to reaching the goal, and being accountable to other members.|So, with each of us having made "the easiest decision in the history of decision making" by having chosen Christ to be on our team, how do we stack up as a teammate? Do we share the same goals as Christ, that we love our neighbors as we do ourselves? Are we open in our communication with Christ? Are our daily prayers rote or are they from the heart? Do we hide things from him because we are embarrassed to tell him the truth, or do we feel he doesn't really need to know? Are we accountable to him in thought, word and deed, or do we think we can take a day off here and there and let Christ carry the load  by himself on those days?|As we find a quiet space to reflect upon today's Gospel and to focus on God's enveloping presence in our lives, take the time to see and enjoy the world he has created for us. Feel the Holy Spirit urging us to do more with our lives, to realize that Christ is there, step by step, as we labor to do what is right and what is just. Make note of the simple fact that each of us has made the easiest decision ever made, and if we are willing to do our part, then, too, will our yokes be easy and our burdens light. en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 392en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/137167
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dc.program.unitUniversity Relationsen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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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.local1Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 102:13-14ab, 15, 16-18, 19-21en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 11:28-30en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, July 14, 2022: 15th Week of Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
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