First Thursday in Ordinary Time

Daily Reflection

First Thursday in Ordinary Time

Grasping for God

From today’s Scripture: “Why has the LORD permitted us to be defeated today by the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the Lord from Shiloh that it may go into battle among us and save us from the grasp of our enemies.” —1 Sam 4:3

Fetch is defined, to “grasp, procure, take.” Do you procure time with your Lord? Do you take God’s glory? Do you grasp his mercy and blessings?

In our rush to accomplish everything, we can treat being in the presence of the creator of the universe as some kind of task to perform. Sometimes we approach God, who loves us more than we can ever comprehend, and list our wishes like children talking to Santa Claus!

In today’s reading from First Samuel, the Israelites did not put their faith in God and fight for his will. They thought of and fought for their own idea of what was right. 

Let us pray: Lord, you give me everything I need, much more than I even know. Help me to have faith in you. Help me to trust in your will for my life.



Today’s author, Jenna Spurlock, is a volunteer serving this year as a “mountain manager” in Glenmary’s volunteer program at Joppa Mountain, in Grainger County, Tennessee.


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