DAILY MASS READINGS
Monday: 4 February 2008 - Mark 5,1-20
My comment: After I posted this, and looking at the title I gave it, it struck me that ‘deter’ and ‘detour’ are very close and that serious sin even should never detour us from my course which should be under any and all circumstances “a contrite and humble heart” …“you will never disdain”… (“burnt offerings from me you would refuse, but a humble and contrite heart, you will never disdain”)
Let’s face it. We have all sinned sometime in our lives. Maybe our transgressions are not as grave as adultery (2 Samuel 11:2-5), murder (11:14-16,27), or the other sins that David committed, but each of us, somewhere along the line, has offended God in thought, word, or deed—more than once, probably!) Like David, we too know our offenses, but how often do we face them in the same way that David did?
He acknowledged his sin, turned from it, and earnestly sought forgiveness and a restoration of his relationship with God.
David remained faithful to God: not through never sinning but through** repentance and accepting the consequences of his actions**. Shimei cursed David, and threw stones at him, even though David was the king. And when David’s loyal nephew, Abishai, offered to “lop off” Shimei’s head, David rebuked him, adding, “Perhaps the Lord will look upon my affliction and make it up to me with benefits for the curses [Shimei] is uttering this day” (2 Samuel 16:12). How faithful David was! And how much God loved him,
despite his very serious offenses!
It’s easy to think that sin means the transgressor doesn’t love God, has a permanently hardened heart, or has completely turned against God.
Not so! David is the perfect example.
God even chose to have Jesus born through the line of David. David pleased God, although he did sometimes seriously offend him. His acceptance of the consequences of his misdeeds pleased God. His repentance pleased God.
His continual pursuit of an intimate, loving relationship pleased God. He pleased God, warts and all. And do you know what? You please God, too.
Even when David was miserable, suffering the consequences of his faults, he trusted that God is fundamentally good, and that he does good. No matter what we do, God is ready to sweep away our sin and to soak us with his compassion.
We need to have these truths firmly fixed in our heads, so that when we sin and our feelings tell us God doesn’t love us anymore,
or that what we did is unforgivable, we have truth to support us so that we remain standing.
“Father, I repent for how I have offended you. Today, remind me of your unshakable love for me, so that I find my joy in you alone.”