Friday of the Third Week of Ordinary Time
January 31, 2020
Today, in Mercy, if this first reading doesn’t smack you right between the eyes, check your political pulse, dear Friends!
David has become King, called to lead his people with a largeness of heart for their good…. but…
Power tends to corrupt, and the corruption is hard to resist even for the likes of David. With no checks and balances on him, David commandeers anything he desires – nations, goods, women, human lives! He is convinced that he can do anything he wants to do. His choices lurch him into a spinning culture of death, evil, and selfishness.
This passage from 2 Samuel is threaded with the very same lines woven into this morning’s newspapers: plotting, manipulation, lying, obstruction, projection, irresponsibility, crudeness, disrespect….
Aren’t we just so sick and tired of it all!?
Over the coming days, we will see how David’s corruption affects him – and it’s quite a drama! But for our prayer today, what can we learn?
Perhaps the Gospel offers us a key.
Jesus talks about “the Kingdom of Heaven”. He uses the symbols of a healthy harvest and a tiny mustard seed. He teaches his listeners that when the things of God are planted deep in us, we too yield a life-giving harvest. We become large-hearted, God-hearted.
Through the gift of free will, God gives us power. We can choose between good and evil, self and others, life and death. In today’s passage, David makes some huge, selfish mistakes in his choices.
Throughout history and even today, people make the same good and bad choices. When leaders make such choices, the whole world feels the impact.
Today, I might want to check how I’m doing, not only in my personal choices, but in my advocacy for a moral and just world for all people.
Music: A Pure Heart – Rusty Nelson