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dc.contributor.authorScholer, Steveen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-06T14:41:51Z
dc.date.available2017-01-06T14:41:51Z
dc.date.issued2016-12-23en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 198en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/108847
dc.description.abstractWorking on a college campus is inspiring. You are surrounded by young, energetic students who are here to learn and grow. But I have an interesting observation about these same students. I am amazed at their uncanny ability to walk between classes with their heads down, staring at their ever-present smartphones, a mere eight to 10 inches away.|These students seem to have developed a sort of "forward peripheral vision" that allows them to avoid collision with like-minded students; even with both in their heads-down-walk, they each veer slightly off course, without even looking up.|But not to just pick on the students, the next time you are at an airport waiting for your flight, take a look at how many people have their eyes firmly affixed to their smartphones, oblivious to what is going on around them.|The response for today's responsorial song, Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand, seems to prophetically address this very phenomena, even to the last words, at hand.|While it is easy to judge those who are transfixed in what I call the "eight-inch stare" and conclude, "they need to get a life, to interact with those who are around them or to just put the darn thing in their pocket and enjoy God's creation and the wonderful world around them," where do we have our heads? What is our focus? What are we looking at? What path are we on?|This Advent season, have we been immersed in the online and print ads for the must-have Christmas presents, or are we taking the time to look at the path the Lord has laid out for us to follow each and every day?|Are we open to God's constant presence around us and his desire to guide our each and every step, mindful that "paths of the LORD are kindness and constancy toward those who keep his covenant and his decrees?"|So just what should we do? For starters, the obvious.|We can take time to unplug ourselves from the computer and smartphone. Then, as we practice the Daily Examen, reflect on God's presence in our lives and, more specifically, the path we are walking and where we are headed. Realize that God's presence with you is not just at Mass or while you are reading this reflection, but with each and every step we take on our journey called life. We can be grateful for the gifts which we have received and will receive today, be it the kind word from a co-worker or friend, or the love we receive from members of our family. Thank God for His steady, guiding hand as we walk our chosen path.|Our Advent season is about to end and the wait for the Christ child will soon be over, but that does not mean that we should stop finding time to quietly and humbly serve those in need, or neglect to always seek justice. To the contrary, the celebration of His birth should focus us and cause us to recommit our efforts to follow the path God has set before us and wants us to follow, each and every day.|Maybe all we need to do is lift up our heads.en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.relation.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/107668
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, December 23, 2016: 4th Week of Advent.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day23en_US
dc.date.year2016en_US
dc.date.monthDecemberen_US
dc.program.unitPublic Relationsen_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorScholer, Steven A.en_US
dc.date.daynameFridayen_US
dc.date.seasonAdventen_US
dc.date.weekWeek: 4en_US
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dc.relation.previoushttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/108846
dc.subject.local11 Samuel 1:24-28en_US
dc.subject.local21 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcden_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 1:46-56en_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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