3rd Sunday of the Year
Release Date: 01/25/2015
David's lament for Saul and Jonathan reveals the complex nature of our grief. Saul's mix of good and bad qualities illustrate how we can mourn the loss of people that we meet in the messiness of life. In our own complicated moments of grief may we turn to the Lord and trust that Christ will untangle the knots.info_outline Daily Mass: David shows restraint against Saul
While being hunted by Saul, David prevents his men from harming the king in a cave. His restraint offers us a powerful example of how we repay evil with good.info_outline Daily Mass: Saul is jealous of David
After his victory over Goliath, David quickly becomes a favorite among the people, and his popularity leads a jealous Saul to consider how to kill him.info_outline Daily Mass: David and Goliath
The battle of David and Goliath illustrates the classic "underdog" theme of victory in the face of impossible odds. Yet David makes it clear that his triumph is not his own doing, for he has put his hope in the Lord.info_outline Daily Mass: God gazes into our hearts
Samuel observes the sons of Jesse to determine who will be anointed king, but the Lord reminds the prophet that God sees beyond the surface and gazes directly into our hearts.info_outline Daily Mass: The Lord rejects Saul as king
After his victory over the Amalekites, Saul does not carry out the command of the Lord, and his choice will lead to his rejection as king. May we honestly acknowledge our own shortcomings as call upon Christ today.info_outline Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of the Year
Here are some of the central themes in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of the Year.info_outline 2nd Sunday of the Year: Do whatever he tells you
Mary's command to the servants is our command as well. For us to "do whatever he tells you" requires that we are receptive to God's prompting in our hearts. May we be open to the command of Christ as we follow him today.info_outline Daily Mass: Saul is anointed king
In this comedy of errors, Saul goes looking for lost donkeys and ends up being anointed king. (And you think politics is crazy today?) And yet in the midst of the messy we find God at work, leading and directing us on a path that leads to hope.info_outline Daily Mass: Out of fear the people ask for a king
Samuel has now grown old and the people of Israel approach him to ask for a king to rule and fight their battles. The Lord reveals the negative things that will happen, but the people persist in their desire.info_outline
Remember as kids when we learned how to do long division? Remember what happens when you make a mistake early on, only to find out at the end that the answer is wrong? And remember how you have to:
- Go back to the beginning
- Find the mistake
- Rework the problem to a new solution?
The same is true for spiritual life. Both the first reading and the Gospel call us to repent - turning away from our sins and mistakes and following God with full hearts. May we call upon the Lord's grace to move forward with God's help as we embrace the Good News.
January 24, 2014 - St. William Church - Foxboro, WI
Fr. Andrew Ricci
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