FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Thursday 20 January 2022
Ordinary Time 2
When David and Saul approached
(on David’s return after slaying the Philistine),
women came out from each of the cities of Israel to meet King Saul,
singing and dancing, with tambourines, joyful songs, and sistrums.
The women played and sang:
Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his ten thousands.(1 Samuel 18: 4-8)
How shall I live this Word?
This text warns us of envy and jealousy and can be linked to what we read Sunday in the First Letter to the Corinthians 12:7, “Everyone is given a particular manifestation of the Spirit for the common good …”
Each of us receives gifts from the Lord and we must be careful not to envy the gift of others for fear of losing our prestige. Saul didn’t want to lose his kingdom, what about us? What are our kingdoms? Excelling, having an important and striking role, our intellectual abilities, our culture, our habits, etc. Each in their own silence, under the influence of the Spirit, will discover what their own attachments are, their kingdoms, and with His help, we can counter them and avoid being jealous of the gifts of others. Envy which, moreover, can lead us to use the gifts of the Lord to feed our own self-centeredness and not for the common good.
Lord Jesus, help me to recognize and appreciate Your work in every person.
The Voice of Pope Francis, homily 1-24-2020
This is a worm that enters the hearts of all of us and leads us to misjudge people because inside there is competition of something that I do not have. Thus, competition begins, it leads us to discard people, it leads us to a war, a domestic war, a neighborhood war, a job war, but it is precisely at the origin; it is the seed of a war, of envy and jealousy. Let us ask the Lord for the grace to have a transparent heart… (which) seeks justice, seeks peace, a friendly heart, a heart that does not want to kill anyone, because jealousy and envy kill.
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