Faith, Fitness and Music Pondering for Friday, May 31, 2019

My Faith Pondering

Eucharistic Readings for The Visitation

1 Samuel 2:1-10 Romans 12:9-16b/a> Psalm 113 Luke 1:39-57

“And Mary[f] said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.”  (Luke 1: 36 – 38 NRSV)

Mary’s proclamation sounds much like Hannah’s in 1 Samuel 2:1 – 10).  Both women received the grace of knowing the power, love, graciousness, and will of God.  And, they tried as best they could, to put it into words.  Mary speaks of her soul magnifying the Lord and her spirit rejoicing in God her Savior (the Savior that she gave birth to).  This shows that there truly is something divine imbedded in us, put in us by God.

This soul/spirit impregnation does not end with Hannah or Mary or even just women only.  This soul/spirit impregnation is in all human beings, male and female alike.  In some of us (Christians) it has the special purpose of heralding the good news that the kingdom of heaven has come near.  That is, we just let people know that God is all around us, all the time. It’s up to them to decide how they receive God, not our job.  Mary informs us about God and lets us know that God looks upon us as being in relationship with God. We, like Mary, are to inform people about God. We just toot the horn; it’s up to them, both if they dance, and how they dance. I know that my spirit also rejoices in God my Savior. And, yes, I’m dancing, kind of resembles James Brown’s “I Feel Good.”

My Fitness Pondering

My Daily Seven is really going well.  Of course, I did just re-name my workout to that very Marine Corps sounding name.  Now I’m doing my Daily Seven – seven days a week.  Remember, that’s when a milk cow is milked, seven days a week.  When I told a person in my spiritual guidance group about my daily commitment and how it is like the commitment of milking cows, she looked down as if recalling her days on her family farm regarding the milking responsibility and gave me a somewhat solemn “yes.”  But to me that “yes” was the affirmation I needed to know I was on to something.  Or as Marines say while on the run, “Everyday, all the way!”

My Music Pondering

Last night I got to see what I would consider my dream job, a high school band director. This man got to bring music to young people and be a part of shaping their lives musically and perhaps spiritually and morally as well.  He also got to hear the beautiful music these young people played on many different kinds of instruments. Wow! And Wow again!  And get this; he gets paid to do it.  Can you believe that?  That’s so what I want to be when I grow up.  Thank You Jesus.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through (and to) the people of the Creating Word and then let us “Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.”  John Thomas Frazier Sr.

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