February 24, 2019 - Sixth Seventh in Ordinary Time
The story of David and Saul in today's first reading functions almost like a parable. Showing mercy to
his deadly foe, David gives a concrete example of what Jesus expects to become a way of life for His
disciples - for us. The new law Jesus gives in the Gospel passage invites us to become "Davids", to love
our enemies, to do good to those who harm us, and to extend a line of credit to those who won't ever
The Old Law required only that the Israelites love their fellow countrymen. The new law Jesus brings
makes us kin to every man and woman. His kingdom isn't one of tribe or nationality rather a family.
As followers of Jesus, we're to live as He lived among us, as "children of the Most High". As sons
and daughters, we are invited to "be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." Grateful for His
mercy, we're called to forgive others their trespasses because God has forgiven our sins.
Let us acknowledge, that we're all "Sauls" by our sinfulness and pride. God has loved and shown mercy
to us, "the ungrateful and the wicked," and as such in the Son, we become true beloved sons and daughters
to live in grace and faithfulness. Jesus showed us this love in His Passion, forgiving His enemies.
May we, by humble submission, allow Him to redeem our life from destruction!