The first Reading evoked three reflections from me. First, this
is one more description of people in one time and place worshiping
gods (gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone) versus God. This
behavior is centuries old, across all cultures and places –
and, continues today. Everyone reading today’s Readings can
reflect on what are the gods in their time and place being worshipped
rather than God. These gods might be things or activities.
A second reflection was the parallel between the king offering Daniel
so many incentives and the devil offering Christ so many incentives
– if they would only do certain behaviors, they could have
certain gifts. Both the king and the devil used the incentives of
power, money, and status to change behavior. Are those incentives
being used in November 2007 to cause individuals in your place on
the globe to worship a god?
A third reflection related to a panel discussion I heard this week
following a short film. Someone at Creighton University facilitated
a Native-American filmmaker to show a short film he made about the
ethnic identity journey/struggle that young Native-Americans have.
The movie was powerful – but, not nearly as powerful as the
panel of about eight Creighton University Native-American students
who told, quite openly, about their ethnic and spiritual identity
journeys, struggles, and challenges. The room was packed with 200
plus Caucasian Creighton students and a healthy sprinkling of faculty
and staff. The proverbial “you could hear a pin drop”
atmosphere pervaded. It was a wake-up call to me, and, perhaps others,
of all that goes on in the developmental lives of young adults in
this country. Several of the panel discussants noted some differences
between their cultural values and that of the mainstream United
States culture, i.e., the latter is loud, boisterous, and activity-seeking.
They are more comfortable with a culture that is more quiet and
at peace with the earth. I reflect on how this relates to this Reading
and how one develops and practices one’s spirituality.