Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 23, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Psalm 144:1b, 2, 9-10
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The Lord does not save by sword or spear.
I was reading this passage from Samuel today, a very familiar passage, and suddenly, for the first time, these words sprang out at me. For much of my life I was taught that this was the story of a small man of God against a big man of the world. The small man of God won.
But is that really what David and Goliath is about? I suddenly don't think so, for in the midst of this story of battle, we learn something very profound about God. The Lord does not save by sword and spear, for the battle is the Lord's.
What does that mean?
Well, to my simple way of viewing things, it says that the Lord is a God of love; He saves those who love Him, and sometimes He must strike down those who stand against Him. But that isn't His preferred way of working. Look at the passage from Mark. We're asked, "Is it right to do good or harm on the Sabbath?" Look how many of the enemy Jesus struck down by healing a man with a withered hand. Look how many were convicted by this action, and immediately began to plot against the One Who would presume to teach them.
So sometimes, in fact most times, the Lord chooses to strike down those who oppose Him with loving kindness. He prefers to show them the error of their ways, not through death and destruction, but through acts of simple kindness.
How many people can we win for the Lord through simple acts of kindness and love? Through patience, goodness, and good humor we can win many people to the Lord who might be chased away by the thoughts of a dour Christian faith. We are a people of Joy, the joy of Christ resurrected. Let us share that joy with all of the people around us, so that they too may know the joy of the resurrection.
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