Daily Reflection
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
October 9th, 2010

Elizabeth Furlong

School of Nursing
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Saturday of the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
[466] Galatians 3:22-29
Psalm 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Luke 11:27-28

From the First Reading, we read:

            There is neither Jew nor Greek,
            there is neither slave nor free person,
            there is not male and female;
            for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

There is not to be divisions.  There is to be unity.  And, yet, the divisions and the negative labeling and categorizations of people exists through-out the world.  In Western Europe at this time we read about policies re: the Roma population.  Here, in Nebraska, Mexican immigrants in a small town one hour from Creighton University are experiencing this labeling.  Would Christ use this language in 2010? –

            There is neither Roma nor non-Roma children.
            There is neither legal immigrant nor illegal immigrant.

From the Gospel Reading, we read:

            He replied, “Rather, blessed are those
            who hear the word of God and observe it.”

Do I hear?  Really hear?  How do I further unity?

I returned last night from a global microbial science conference held on the Azore Islands in the Atlantic Ocean where my husband presented his research.  I observed 350 global scientists, bypassing national citizenships, ethnicities, languages, religions, gender/age/income divisions to focus on furthering their vision, i.e., an enhanced understanding of one aspect of God’s creation – how extremophile bacteria and other organisms thrive in extreme temperature environments.  By metaphor, those scientists are a concrete example of what today’s Readings are about. 

On our life’s journey, may each of us practice unity behaviors with the other.  We are called to all be one in Christ Jesus.

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