From the Word of the Day
When the time of David’s death drew near, he gave these instructions to Solomon his son: “I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong and be a man! Keep the mandate of the Lord, your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees as they are written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in whatever you do, and wherever you turn. (I Kings 2: 1-3)
As in the life of every person, the moment came for David as well to leave everything. We are grateful that the Bible recorded the attitude of this man at the important time of his departure. There is in his last words, the awareness that he was not living a tragedy but an exodus “on the road of every human being”.
His whole attention is turned to his son, but in an atmosphere of one who, till the end, lives his responsibility of entrusting the recommendations that, in a similar time, are extremely important and require the son to have the strength of spirit and show himself firm and authentic in his identity as a human being. It is to this identity that David binds his request to his son of observing the law of God, proceeding on the road of His commandments. David does not ask his son in a to obey the law in a constricting manner because it is the law, but because it comes from God and, if we follow it freely for love of God, it leads our life to outcomes that are very positive. In fact, David says that his proposal is in view of the complete success of his son in function of the promises made by God.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will express to Jesus my desire to follow His laws that are life-giving for love of Him and not out of formalism.
Thank You, Lord, for David’s words that are rich in instruction and not tainted by any nostalgic or sad sentiments. David can tell his son these things because, even in his sins and fragility, he knew how to distinguish evil from good and name his lapses. Thus, he can show his son that a life of obedience to God’s laws is substantially a fully successful life, in line with God’s will who wants only our good.
The Voice of St. Augustine
Between our last breath and hell, there is the ocean of God’s mercy.