Scripture: 1st Reading: 1Sam18,6-9;19,1-7; Resp. Psalm: Ps56,2-3,9-13; Gosp. Accl.: 2Tim1,10; Gospel: Mk3,7-12
Jealousy and envy are destructive feelings. They give the other person no chance. They lead to resentment, anger and hatred. Often, the jealous and envious person does not see any reason why the person envied should progress and succeed. Most times, the jealous party plans evil and even death for the one he is envious of. Such is the destructive power of jealousy.
In the story of King Saul and Jonathan his son, we see an admixture of jealousy and deep bond of friendship and love for David. Saul was jealous because after the war with the Philistines, the women praised David more than they praised him. He could not see what was special in what David did, became angry and plotted to kill David. Jonathan on the other hand, was moved by friendship and love for David.
Jonathan gave Saul his father a favourable report on David and made him see how futile it was for him to hate David. He persuaded his father that David was harmless and Saul took David back to his service. This was the power of friendship and deep understanding of the human person at work.
We do not need to be jealous or envious of the gifts of others. God has endowed each of us with special gifts and privileges. The challenge is for us to develop our gifts so that we become great contributors to the human family. Our Lord made use of the gifts He received from His Father for the good of humanity.
In the gospel today, we are told that He went about doing good, healing the sick, setting the spiritually oppressed free, exorcising those possessed by demonic spirits. He did this with total dedication until the end of His earthly life. Let us learn from Him so that we become His instruments.
Let us pray: "O God our heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son. We thank you for the gift of His friendship and love. Give us the grace to emulate Him and extend your love to all the men and women we meet this day. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.