Posted by: livingscripture | February 1, 2010

Fourth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 The King replied, “What business is it of mine or of yours, sons of Zeruiah, that he curses?  Suppose the Lord has told him to curse David; who then will dare to say, ‘Why are you doing this?’”

                                                 2 Samuel 16: 9

 How should we live this Word

 King David is living a dramatic moment of his life.  His son Absalom has turned against him.  He has lost the favor of his people to the point that there are those who dare to curse him and say to him, “Away, away, you murderous and wicked man!”  Abishai reacts.  Not only does he deplore that the king should be insulted, he proposes that justice be done immediately by killing the one who insults him.

David’s behavior is a great lesson for us.  From the depths of his faith vision, flows the decision for humble and meek endurance.  Remembering that he had his general Uriah killed after he had taken his wife, he says with a contrite heart, “Let him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to.  Perhaps the Lord will look upon my affliction and make it up to me with benefits for the curses he is uttering this day.”

 What emerges is the fact that God has first place with David.  God counts more that everything and everyone.  David reads his life in God and realizes it is his sin that is being cursed.  It is to God that David entrusts himself with humble confidence.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will think of the moments when I have been wronged, offended.  Did I know how to connect these with the injustice and offense toward God and others that I have done?  It is possible and beautiful to be patient and to refrain from giving offense.

 Lord, only if I rely on you can I do this.  Renew Your will in me.  Bless me and make me new in You!

 The voice of Lanza del Vasto, witness

 Do not let condescension be the measure of your forgiveness of one who has wronged you.  Run to him.  Raise him up.  Embrace him.  Through God’s power, love him.

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