Gift: Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.
Observation: After reading all the readings this morning, I was drawn back to the word “divination” in the first reading, and why was it put in Samuel’s recounting of the Lord’s rebuke of Saul as king. After looking for the meaning of the word, I realized that it was not just the word “divination” that I was focusing on, but the loss of kingship that had come to Saul, because of his arrogance. If I am to live up the call of my baptism, as priest, prophet and king, I must stay focused on listening to the Word of God and following through to completion any calling that the Lord directs to me. I don’t want to be arrogant, and therefore God would think that I serve other gods, and I certainly don’t want to be so guilty of not following his will, that he would take away my kingship.
Personification: Faithfulness It is my hope that I can be faithful to God’s Word and every thing that He wills for me in my life. For me, the display of faithfulness gets easier as I become more disciplined in my devotions. I know that I am only able to follow my devotions by the grace of God, and it is by that grace that I am saved from the flesh.
Prayer: Lord, it is by your grace that I have been healed today of my sinfulness and I pray that your grace leads me to a deeper relationship with you today and every day for the rest of my life. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
- 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (redemptoristpreacher.com)
- What Makes A Great Prophet? A Reflection on the First Reading of the Second Sunday of the Year (adw.org)
- “The Christ …the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)