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January 27, 2022

Daily Reflection for Thursday, January 27, 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link: CLICK HERE

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29
Responsorial: Psalm 132: 1-5, 11-14
Gospel: Mark 4:21-25

Our Reflection on Thursday’s Readings:
“Who am I, Lord GOD…that you have brought me to this point?” 2nd Samuel: 18

My life has a soundtrack. There is always music playing when I’m around. I have playlists for every occasion and have always been this way.  It often drives my wife crazy. Not only because we have very different taste in music, but because she gets tired of the “noise” and craves the quiet.  I relate many of my experiences in life to music. 

The verse above reminds me of a song that I listened to quite often during college, “Who Am I” by The Samples. In this song, the songwriter is overcome by how insignificant we all are in the scope of space and time.  The whole song is suffused with awe and a sense that the singer is not worthy of the love and life that they’ve been given.

While the songwriter wasn’t necessarily making reference to God, it has always reminded me of our own smallness in the face of God and His creation.  These are ideas that King David is confronting. In the verses that lead up to today’s reading, David is promised that his descendants and people will be blessed by God and safeguarded forever. David’s question is one of humility and awe at God’s generosity. He feels unworthy to be given so much by God. He is just the son of a shepherd. He was a nobody and yet, God has made him King of Israel and has elevated Israel, and David’s family, above all others. Like the songwriter who is overwhelmed by the size of the universe and our seeming insignificance, David feels small and unworthy in the light of God’s love and blessing.

I, too, hear myself asking God this same question from time to time.  It’s so easy to get mired in the minutiae and pettiness of life’s daily tasks.  Yet when I take time to notice God’s creation, I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the world. 

I ask this question when I think about how truly blessed I am.  God has given me a family and a network of friends that I never could have imagined.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to make a difference in this world and, at times, even the courage to remove my lamp from under the basket to shine in the darkness.  I am not special and am continually surprised at the blessings and love that God showers upon me.  I have not been chosen to lead God’s people to salvation in the promised land or to defeat giant warriors as King David, but I have been chosen to carry His message of love in a world that so desperately needs it.  We are all called to this mission.

Today I ask you to consider how you have been blessed and how you might reflect that love from God to those in your life.

Peace and blessings,
Pete Kuester

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