Beginning today, CatholicHow will provide a brief reflection on a particular element of the liturgy each day: their focus will range from the Liturgy of the Hours to the daily mass readings, or the “proper” prayers of the liturgy itself. Please share your own thoughts by clicking the comment option above.
From today’s first reading:
The people, however, refused to listen to Samuel’s warning and said,
“Not so! There must be a king over us.
We too must be like other nations,
with a king to rule us and to lead us in warfare
and fight our battles.”
In the words of Dylan, we all gotta’ serve somebody.
How ironic it is that the Israelites wished for a human king rather than the Lord! Because, in all reality, the Israelites were not gaining their freedom by casting off the kingship of the Lord; rather they chose another creature to whom they gave their loyalty. They decided to give another sinner power over their destinies, rather than God.
This is the sad irony of the Israelites’ desire for a king: they treated God like any other creature, just another option among many. As a result, they placed themselves at the mercy of someone who would take their goods and talents from them for selfish purposes, rather put these talents at the service of the Someone who would multiply them.
In other words, Israelites, today:
What will we chose today?