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September 3, 2021

Daily Reflection for Friday, September 03, 2021
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/090321.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading:  Colossians 1:15-20
Responsorial:  Psalm 100:1b-2, 3, 4, 5
Gospel:  Luke 5:33-39

Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song.     Psalm 100:1-2

In this climactic thanksgiving expression, the psalm-writer David wants us to realize who God is, that he created us, and he allows us to use every opportunity to give to others what God has given to us.
 
After reading Psalm 100 and recalling a recently viewed movie—Respect--and thinking about the meaning of “Shout joyfully to the Lord,” we knew we must focus on Aretha Franklin’s faith in God. 

During Miss Franklin’s life, she put a special meaning to “Shout joyfully to the Lord.”  Yes, she was a very joyful singer and entertainer as displayed when singing some timeless Christian songs, especially “Precious Lord,” “There is a Fountain,” “Precious Memories,” and “Amazing Grace.”

Miss Franklin—played by Jennifer Hudson—used her God-given talent to share with others through music what God had given to her.  When we listen to her jubilant music, we have a special invitation to know and worship God in our daily lives.

Psalm 100 provides us with a model to follow and a way to voice our feelings and aspirations.  Was my (Dorothy’s) mother trying to use this model to teach us?  Did my mother want us to think of all the “Precious Memories” teaching us how to pray?  Sometimes much later in life, one realizes more deeply the Christian teachings from childhood.  Since my (Dorothy’s) mother was the church pianist, my siblings and I learned very early to sing joyfully, to know the Lord our God, to be thankful to enter a place of worship, and to bless His name just as David instructs us in Psalm 100.

May we all continue our Christian journeys as our Precious Lord leads us until the end of our lives.

Dorothy and Carlos Alexander

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