Peculiarly His Own


I don’t often use the word peculiar. It’s a funny one to roll off of the tongue. Peculiar. Not a word with the best connotations. I always think of the common definition: something a little off, strange, unusual, weird even. But because I am in graduate school to become an English teacher, I did something I advise my students to do often. I looked it up. The second definition, there under the one I know off-hand, is “belonging exclusively to.”

In today’s First Reading, Moses tells the Israelites they are to belong exclusively to God: “a people peculiarly His own.”

Exclusive is another one of those words I don’t often apply to my relationship with God. In the world of modern dating (something I am not good at), “exclusive” gets tossed around a lot. “Oh, you’ve been seeing each other for a while! Are you exclusive?”

At first glance, I am taken aback thinking of myself exclusively belonging to God. Am I not called to relationship and community no matter my vocation? Don’t I need to be open to people? But it’s not that complicated. If I am dating someone exclusively, I don’t cut everyone else out of my life. I still have my girlfriends and guy friends, my family, my students, my classmates, my coworkers, my BiS sisters—the list goes on. But I don’t date other people or flirt with other people. I am first committed to the person I am dating, exclusively.

Exclusivity with God means that He is the first one I turn to—because I am peculiarly His own. Before the guys I date, before my family, before my students. First, I am God’s.

Examine your heart today. Is God first?

Brigid Hogan is a midwestern graduate student who finds peace in lakes, the Mass, and fiction when she isn’t ensconced in schoolwork. Find out more about her here.


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    March 11, 2017 at 3:49 am

    I have always struggled with the command to “be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” It seems like such a tall order and I’m not even really much of a perfectionist to begin with. Yet, in light of your reflection, Brigid, I am praying today for the grace to grow each day more perfect in loving God in this peculiar and exclusive way. In the same way that I am (and each one of us is) first in His heart, so I need to have Him first in mine. Only by doing so will I ever be close enough to God to learn how to love Him and His beloved people more perfectly. By allowing God first place in my heart, He is able to lead from the front and guide me to love those around me and beyond my little social circle with something that is working toward reflecting His infinite love. Praise God for His patience and exclusive approach to teaching each of us to be more like Him!

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    March 11, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I looked up the passage with “peculiar” in it in a few translations and we are:a dearly held treasure, special, treasured possession and accepted. Wow. God loves me even when I’m unlovable….thank you for today’s reading <3

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