Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

David, whose very name describes the perfection of intimacy possible with God, also fully demonstrates the radical imperfection and depravity of sin.  What makes David particularly unique, however, is not the fact that he is loved by God (something that is true of every creature), nor the fact that he has committed grave sin, but that his love for God prompted a powerful act of repentance with great humility.  We know that pride is the root of all sin, and David’s life makes it evident that while God is offended by our moral imperfections and sins, He forgives and saves the one whose repentance is full of humility. read more

Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Anger is the noblest human emotion.  Its nobility does not stem from its expression however, but from its proximity with reason.  In fact, anger is only truly noble when it quickly and effectively corrects injustice – and injustice has more to do with what is due to others than to oneself.  The anger of animals exhibits itself mostly through violent acts of self-preservation.  Righteous anger exhibits itself through fervent but reasoned acts that result in the restoration of the dignity and freedom of others.  The scriptures themselves do not clarify the subject of anger: on the one hand sometimes God is angry, on the other hand we are warned against being angry. read more

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s reading about David always reminds me of the story of Cinderella. When the prince comes to try the slippers on her step-sisters in the more violent versions of the fairy tale, the mother of those sisters actually cuts their feet in order to make them fit into the slipper. Prince Charming notices blood, or at least that the poor ladies were limping.  Cinderella’s older step-sisters shed their own blood to try to save themselves and have themselves approved by the prince.

God corrects the seven sons of Jesse as well as the prophet Samuel, “God does not look at appearances, but at the heart.”  Those who were strong in appearance, experienced, who exuded confidence, were rejected by God.  He chose the young, humble David to become king of his people in place of Saul. read more