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dc.contributor.authorWester, Charlieen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 188*en_US
dc.description.abstract|Today's reading from Zephaniah reminds us that no matter how highly we think of ourselves, there is something greater in the universe than humanity.  I fear that we, like the inhabitants of the city in Zephaniah's reading, seem to have lost our way and displaced God with our own version of divinity.  We worship athletes, singers, actors, politicians, and business people like gods.  We spend so much of our time consumed with ourselves – our appearance, our personal "brand," our careers, etc. – it's an easy, endless slide toward the narcissism and rebellion the Lord condemns in Zephaniah today.  How can we break free from the tempting pitfall of self-obsession?|I am reminded of the Latin dictum "Ad majorem dei gloriam," for the Greater Glory of God, adopted by the Jesuits as their guiding principle.  We find the letters AMDG inscribed on the cornerstones of Jesuit churches and university buildings as a reminder that the work the Society of Jesus does is not for the glorification of themselves or some human institution, but to acknowledge that God is at the center of all they do.  This motto might serve as an easy way to re-conceptualize what we are doing here on Earth and what should be at the center of our lives.  Let's see what happens when we kick out the "self" and replace it with God. |I am inspired by Zephaniah to put the spirit of AMDG at the center of my life this Advent season.  When I succeed in earthly endeavors, I will remember that I am the product of a loving God and trying to do my best is simply fulfilling my part of the relationship.  In my shortcomings I will turn to God and wait patiently for the coming of the baby Jesus at Christmas so that I may find strength in Christ.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, December 16, 2014: 3rd week in Advent..en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitUndergraduate Admissionsen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWester, Charlieen_US 3en_US
dc.subject.local1Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 21:28-32en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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