FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Monday, January 22, 2018
Week Three of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
Then all the elders of Israel came to the king in Hebron, and at Hebron King David made a covenant with them in the presence of the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel. (2 Samuel 5: 3)
How shall I live this Word?
We will dedicate much of the week to meditation on the figure of David, the great, merciful, and sinner king. A figure who in its contradictory nature allows us to contemplate both the greatness of man in the image of God, and the pettiness of a humanity that forgets to be an image of God, but who in his error learns, repenting, to recognize himself more and more as such.
The very young son of Jesse, red-haired, identified by Samuel and by him anointed King, is now recognized by all the elders of Israel.
David enters into a covenant with them and thus renews the presence of God in the midst of His people, with the same strength that Abraham and Moses had in establishing the covenant. This commits God to the people and above all, the people to Him. God allowed Samuel to please the people and choose a king. Now this king is par excellence the mediation which, accepted, tells the faithfulness and love of the people for God. Now this king interprets the presence of God.
Lord, the regality in You is service. The great David lived thus as well and represented the possibility of being in our humanity, a servant King like You.
The Voice of Pope Francis
Salvation does not begin with the confession of Christ’s regality, but by imitation of the works of mercy through which He realized the Kingdom. Those who accomplish these, shows they have grasped the regality of Jesus, because they have made room in their heart for the charity of God.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA