Today's readings remind us we are all descendants from one God. We must place our trust in him just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did when King Nebuchadnezzar challenged them and their beliefs. The theme of trust in God is echoed in the Gospel where Jesus asks those who believe in him to continue to believe and trust in him for "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32)
"Attitude" is a valued word on our campus not only because it is a motto of our basketball program, but also because it is how we represent our university and faith. The easiest way to be a disciple of God is through our attitude. Our attitude is one of the most noticeable ways to display our faith. If others see our positive, Catholic attitude displayed, it will encourage them to become followers of God as well, similar to in our readings today. One of the most heartwarming moments in my life was a letter I received from a friend thanking me because it was my as well as other friends' attitudes that inspired him to attend RCIA and later become a Catholic. Whether it is our participation in service trips, going out of our way to help a friend or stranger, or resisting the urge to participate in gossip, there are many ways we can display God's love to others throughout each day. As we prepare ourselves to enter Holy Week, let us give ourselves a Catholic "attitude check" and remember it is our actions and trust in God that make us his followers and disciples.
Jennifer (Windau) Cunningham
UNIT and Class of 2013