Reflection for Tuesday, January 23, 2018: 3rd Week of Ordinary Time.

dc.contributor.authorSchuler, Jeanneen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSchuler, Jeanne A.en_US IIen_US Timeen_US 3en_US
dc.description.abstract"Then David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the Lord with abandon." (2 Samuel 6:14)|According to legend, David carried armor and played the harp for King Saul.  The youth vanquished Goliath and won fame on the battlefield.  David made Jerusalem the capital of a restive kingdom.  He seduced an officer's wife and had her husband killed.  Absalom led a revolt against David, and the father wept over his son's dead body.  Betrayed and betrayer, poet and king, David won fame that soared like desert winds.  His life was epic.  But his greatness did not lie here. The wooden box, the sign of the covenant, accompanied the Israelites on their journey.  When the ark was carried into Jerusalem, the celebration spilt out into the streets.  David led the dancing.  The beloved dwelt among them.  They were home.  Each household shared the bread and the meat of the sacrifice. We remember David for dancing before the Lord.  Conquest, lust, and heartbreak did not define him.  His joy ran deeper.  In trusting God, he was freed.  Here lies David's greatness.  From his line the Messiah would come.  Like the tent in which the ark was placed, the future king would take humble form. Nietzsche once swore he'd believe only in a god that knows how to dance.  He was confident that no supreme being would pass that test.  For skeptics, religion breeds authoritarian traits.  Submission, denial, vengeance, and guilt are its hallmarks.  Nietzsche takes pathology as normal.  When scorn and condemnation are ascendant, then religion has lost its way.  But God is never insular or indifferent.  We are created for love.  In our loving this world, God lives and moves in us. Pope Francis launched a two-year campaign to Share the Journey with immigrants and refugees.   Here are the kinfolk whom Jesus welcomes to the table.  Their labor and sacrifice help to build the community that is our home.  These sisters and brothers are in trouble.  What good is love that does not act?  The time is now.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 318en_US
dc.program.unitPhilosophy Departmenten_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local12 Samuel 6:12b-15, 17-19en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 24:7, 8, 9, 10en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 3:31-35en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, January 23, 2018: 3rd Week of Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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