Saturday of the 2nd week in ordinary time

2 Sam. 1:1-4.11-12.19.23-27         Mark 3: 20-21

Theme: David wept for Israel

In the 1st reading of today from 2nd Samuel, David has shown a great understanding of one who truly have the fear of God. The message of the death of Saul and Jonathan his friend is brought to him, and he tore his cloth and mourned them and all the Israelites who equally lost their lives in the battle. When we look at the way David handled the issue of Saul, one cannot but say that he is truly a follower of Christ. He treated him with great love and respect, not minding the fact that Saul was not fair in his dealings with him.

He kept all that aside and still treated him right, even when he had no reason to treat Saul right. In the action of David, we also see the wonderful bond of friendship that exists between him and his friend Jonathan. Obviously, their friendship meant a lot to both. We have a lot to learn from the situation that played out between Saul the king, Jonathan, his son, and David. We must learn to always allow God to lead while we follow behind, in everything that we do in our lives. When God leads, everything goes according to his plan, and we have nothing to lose or regret at the end.

The story is different when we decide to lead and put God behind, that is exactly what Saul did and we have seen how he ended badly. While in the case of David, we see a man who believed so much in God and allowed God to lead while he followed behind, from the very beginning when he decided to fight against Goliath, we have also seen how things have continued to unfold in his life. In view of this dear friends in Christ, we are all encouraged today to put every situation we find ourselves in life into the hand of God, believing that he will never fail or disappoint us at any point in time.

One thing we must never forget in life is that the human strength and position can fail you at any point in time, but God will always stand by you, no matter the situation you find yourself in life. Stick to him today and allow him to lead while you follow, that way he will fight your battles for you and make you victorious. May almighty God bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, Amen. Peace be with you.

Saturday of the 2nd week in ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp