Daily Reflection for Thursday, June 24, 2021
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: Jeremiah 1: 4-10
Responsorial: Psalm 71: 1-4; 5-6ab; 15ab and 17
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1: 8-12
Gospel: Luke 1: 5-17
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings from the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” Jeremiah 1:4
There have been many points in my life where I acted impulsively and without thought. Too often I cannot understand why I chose that course of action or said the words that came out of my mouth. Even in the moment, I sometimes am unable to make sense of why I’m doing what I’m doing. Sure, there are times when I can figure out the strange and complex thoughts that resulted in the decision but other times are a complete mystery. I can honestly say that in those moments I didn’t understand myself.
Today we celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist, one of the most famous and significant prophets. The readings today all focus on the role of the prophet, and specifically John’s role in the salvation of humanity.
Instead of being drawn to John’s miraculous birth or the ways that God calls us to His service, I could not escape the mystery and wonder of the opening lines of Jeremiah—“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”
The scriptures tell us that God knew us before we even came into existence. That notion completely baffles and amazes me. Before we had any consciousness, God knew us. Before we had a personality or even a name, He knew what we would be like. There are parts of me that I certainly am embarrassed to admit to myself, let alone others, but God knows all of these aspects of us and still loves us. He knows the good, the bad, and everything in between better than we know ourselves. He sees us unclouded by our justifications and excuses and our tangled emotions that too often muddle our minds. Maybe it is because of this intimate connection, this deep understanding of our innermost being that God is able to love us even when we feel unworthy of His love. We are His creation. Even in our brokenness and confusion, He sees what we are capable of accomplishing when we let His Spirit guide us.
Unlike humans who sometimes act thoughtlessly, God doesn’t operate in this fashion. We all have a purpose and a role to play in the salvation of our people. It is unlikely to be as momentous as the life of Jeremiah or as tragic as that of Saint John the Baptist, but we too are called to help. With the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can do our part to bring God’s wisdom and love to a world that desperately needs it.
Today may you open your heart to His call and take courage that He will prepare you, for He knows just what you need.