Daily Reflection for Thursday, November 14, 2019
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Wisdom 7:22b-8:1
Responsorial: Psalm 119:89-91, 130, 135, 175
Gospel: Luke 17:20-25
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply,
"The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, 'Look, here it is,' or, 'There it is.' For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you." Luke 17: 20-21
The readings for today invite us to reflect on wisdom and the coming of the Kingdom of God. For some reason I thought of my dad when I read the Gospel. When our family was younger, we were never surprised when he would tell us to turn down the music in the car. He would always say that it was too loud and that he couldn’t hear himself think! His yearning for quiet and stillness was helpful for him to focus on what direction to head in the car and to feel less confused and less unsettled while heading there. (By the way, as much as it bothered me that we had to turn the music down when I was little, guess who is the one barking to have his kids turn down the music now?)
I don’t think there is any disputing that we live in such a noisy time. The noise (both literal and symbolic) that we maneuver every day is a never-ending barrage of messaging and temptation and distraction. With less success than I desire, I find myself constantly battling and actively working to pay attention to only that messaging that leads toward the Kingdom of God and not to that which may have the loudest or the newest or most popular message or toward those whose certainty of opinion leaves little room for others.
If we seek to listen to His whisper, I think there can be tremendous value in the quiet and stillness. The reading from Wisdom referenced it. I just wish it was valued more and easier to find in our current society than it is. When the hefty daily dose of noise and artifact is stripped away, what do we have left? We have our actions, our intentions, and, ultimately, the true heading of our pathway in our relationship with Jesus who Himself wove together by His birth the unification of divinity with humanity, who Himself represents the Kingdom of God.