Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

January 13, 2012

Lauren Pogge

Sophomore, Accounting Major, Spanish Minor

1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a
Ps 89:16-17, 18-19
Mk 2:1-12

Never before have I gotten any amusement out of today's first reading. As I child I remember hearing this story and thinking, “Who cares? We have government officials now, presidents, kings, queens, prime ministers…you name it…somewhere on the globe we have it.” I never understood why it was such a bad thing to have an appointed individual reign over a community. Is that not how society works? We always have someone who is in-charge. Even young children, when assigned to do a group project tend to have one child step up and spearhead the project. While the majority of the world would see that as commendable and a skill worth striving for, in the reading today it is telling us otherwise. Many reading this may question a variety of angles. One, is it not okay for humans to have someone to be in charge and to take directions from? And two, is it not good for people who are more motivated and power hungry to strive to reach their full potentials as leaders? While I lay in my bed writing this I am smirking because I am afflicted with both of these. I enjoy having people who have more power than me whom I can turn to if I am needing guidance, but I am also a go-getter who loves a challenge and am always striving to be the best I can be.

As I have grown up, I have come to realize that Samuel is not saying that it is bad to have someone in-charge per se, nor is he saying that it is bad to be power-seeking. What he is saying is that humans are by creation flawed, because we do make mistakes and we do sin. However, unlike humans, God is divine and all together perfect. He does not make mistakes nor does he sin. Humans may not know always what is best to do, but God always knows what is best. So why would we not want to have a king who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-just? Because we are human and flawed, and we feel the need to compete. It is just like two next door neighbors during the holidays who are both obsessed with decorating the outsides of their houses for Christmas and always trying to one-up the other. They know that they want the best and believe that they can produce the best and constantly compete with each other to the point where it affects their friendship and turns into war. All the fun is taken out of Christmas and the true spirit has gone away. It now is just a tradition of glamour and out-doing each other. Isn’t that kind of like Samuel’s reading? We should choose the righteous and just ruler, but instead choose a good-looking, power-hungry ruler. The people during Samuel’s time did not even consider the possibility that God would be the best bet.

Many people do not want to take the time to pick the things that are harder and not always going to give them the results that they want. Hence why the people during Samuel’s life wanted a physical king, one whom they could see and not wait around to receive guidance from. Let us not always take the easy route, nor forget why we are doing what we are doing. Like the next door neighbors….what is the reason for the season? Let us not lose sight of what is important just because we don’t think things through. Instead, let us think and pray and I can almost guarantee that the answer will come.

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