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WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE WE CAN FACE WHAT COMES OUR WAY

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Second Week of Ordinary Time

1 Sam. 17:32-33, 37, 40-51 & Mk. 3:1-6.

The story of David and Goliath is one of the most familiar in the entire Old Testament. But we continue to read it to discover how to act and to find courage in the face of overwhelming odds. Everyone would agree that David was no match for Goliath if he only had his single slingshot. But he was armed, too, with personal confidence and God’s grace David was sent out with the blessing, “The Lord will be with you.”

That same blessing accompanies us when we leave every Mass, to go forth to face our giants and heavy problems which are often too large for us to overcome, unaided and alone. We wonder if we can survive, let alone conquer. David's victory should encourage us to fight bravely to overcome these obstacles which stand in the way of projects we feel noble and good.

What invincible giant do we expect to have to face today? How will we arm ourselves for the confrontation? After listening to the story of David and Goliath we would be foolish if we put our trust only in ourselves and in others. We now know there is only one answer, like David, with personal confidence and God's grace.

The Gospel gives another example of how the Pharisees find fault with Jesus’ concern for the afflicted on the Sabbath. When He cured a man with a withered hand they condemned Him because, in their eyes, He had no respect for the Sabbath rules. Jesus simply told them that people's needs are more important than laws, that the Sabbath was made for people and not people for the Sabbath.

Lord Jesus, may Your law of love always be the rule of our life.

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