Posted by: livingscripture | January 13, 2012

First Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Appoint a king over us, as other nations have, to judge us.”

                                            1Samuel 8: 5                                                                                              

How should we live this Word

In the period here described, Israel is a federation of tribes well governed by some men called ‘Judges’. Samuel is the last of these.  However, the situation is evolving toward the constitution of a proper nation.  Politically, they are aware of the real necessity of a centralized government.

This is more than natural, but today’s biblical passage presents a Samuel who is displeased about this request for a king in which he perceives a more or less obvious refusal of God’s absolute sovereignty.  The request seems to be ruined by the phrase, ‘as other nations have.’

Israel lives its situation as a mark of inferiority and wants to remove it to obtain grandeur before others.  It is the temptation to appear that risks to overshadow the greatness of its being, rooted in its belonging to God.  This temptation has not spared any century or any part of the earth.  It subtly insinuates itself at all levels, national, family, personal.  It is strange how we tranquilly live the need to distinguish ourselves alongside the need to ‘be like everyone else.’  We risk selling the most precious part of ourselves, that which distinguishes us and makes us unique.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will become aware of how I live my Christian essence.  Do I try to minimize it by acting like those who live as though God does not exist or do I witness to God with humble simplicity?

Lord, make me aware that to be leaven and salt, I must certainly be immersed in the mass, but without losing the characteristics of leaven and salt. 

The voice of Erich Fromm, Sociologist and Psychoanalyst 

Unfortunately the history of humanity to the present time is above all a history of idol worship, from primitive idols of silver and wood, to the modern idols of the State, the ruler, of producing and consuming, sanctified by the blessings of an idolized god.

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