Daily Reflection for Friday, August 05, 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Nahum 2:1, 3; 31-3, 6-7
Responsorial: Deuteronomy 32: 35-36, 39, 41
Gospel: Matthew 16:24-26
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24
As Jesus taught His disciples, so we try to teach upcoming generations to love God, to be willing to bear any crosses that might come, and to follow Christ in all of their endeavors. I remember teaching our nephew, David, a saying about following Christ: Jesus first, yourself last, and others in between. You see, he was the first one of the next generation to be born to my (Dorothy) family. David, our nephew, always thought of helping others. He had a love of God, family, and country. And today, August 5, he would have celebrated his 59th birthday had he not lost his life at the early age of 28. He always put his trust and faith in God. Living his short life was a cross that he bore as he made plans to see God’s face.
David’s life choices showed his concern for others and his love for God and country. He worked as an EMA for the Jessamine, KY County Ambulance Service. Later he became a firefighter with the Lexington, KY Fire Department. He was a member of the Army Reserves Unit and served in Operation Desert Storm. During that short time war time service he became ill with cancer of the esophagus that led to his early death. Realizing that his life was being shortened, he began planning his final days. He and his young wife purchased grave sites and planned his funeral. David requested that his coffin be placed on the fire truck that he worked. His fellow firefighters helped to plan a procession through downtown Lexington which passed his fire house. Many saluted along the way to Memorial Gardens Cemetery. His “going home” procession was covered by the local TV station.
On Memorial Day, May 30, 1992, David went up yonder to be with God. On the morning of his death, he was thinking of ones who had gone before. He chose to contribute to the fund for decorating family graves.
The beautiful song he chose was Goin' Up Yonder, a classic gospel song by Walter Hawkins. Some of the lyrics are:
If anybody ask you where I'm going . . .I’m going up yonder to be with my Lord.
I can take the pain the heartaches they bring, the comfort's in knowing I'll soon be gone
as God gives me grace, I'll run this race until I see my Savior face to face . . .”
May we all learn the many lessons of life that make us stronger and truer to following Jesus and planning to meet God no matter the crosses we bear.
Blessings to All,
Dorothy and Carlos Alexander