Saint Stephen's Statue.

ST. STEPHEN'S

CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

12, Gbeto Street, Off Iwaya Road, Onike-Iwaya, Yaba-Lagos.
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Saint Stephen's Building.
 

Scripture: 1st Reading: 2Sam5,1-7,10; Resp. Psalm: Ps89,20-26; Gosp. Accl.: 2Tim1,10; Gospel: Mk3,22-30

God the Merciful FatherIsrael recognized the leadership qualities of David. Israel realized that David had already ruled over Judah. The people knew that under David, Judah had experienced peace, tranquility and was beginning to prosper. 

More importantly, Israel knew that the hand of God was with David. This was because of the common knowledge that David did not make himself king over the people. David was chosen by Yahweh to shepherd Israel and be prince over them. 

The choice of leadership belonged to Yahweh. He chose, elected and made His choice known to His prophets. This was why leadership was a very responsible position that one had to give account for. David knew this. That was probably the reason why he made a covenant with the people at Hebron before the Lord. 

Age had nothing to do with who Yahweh would appoint as leader. Yahweh sees not as men see: man judges by appearance but Yahweh sees into the heart. Because he was Yahweh's choice, there was nothing David wanted to achieve that was impossible for him, no enemy was too great for him to defeat, no city was too fortified to subdue and bring into subjugation. 

David did all these because the God of hosts was with him. When a leader chosen by God follows the path of the Almighty, success becomes a pastime to him. This is because Yahweh never abandons the one He chose, especially the one who persistently does His will and obeys His commands. 

Our Lord, the descendant of David and Son of God, chosen by His Father to lead willing hearts to Him, did the will of God His Father till the very end of His earthly life. This was one reason His adversaries could never have the upper hand over Him. Even when they accused Him of doing His miracles through the intervention of Beezebul, the prince of demons, He showed to them the irrational nature of their claims. 

He made it clear to them that there was no kingdom that was divided against itself that stood firm. Such kingdom was destined for failure and destruction. In today's gospel, our Lord, saddened by the unbelief of the scribes and their ascription of His powers to satanic sources, convicted them of sinning against the Holy Spirit, that is, ascribing the work done by God to satan. For this reason, He declared that such blasphemies are never forgiven. For saying that He had an unclean spirit in Him, they became guilty of an eternal sin. 

This is why it is important always that any one aspiring to lead should receive the blessings of God. But after receiving such, to turn against God and His elect will never go unpunished. To refuse to do the will of God who puts one in leadership position, to neglect to use one's office to promote the good of the human person will attract dire consequences for the one chosen to lead by Yahweh, the Almighty God. 

David recognized the burden of leadership. David led with uprightness and righteousness all of his life. He ruled the people for forty years and the hand of Yahweh was with him. Our Lord led the people spiritually during His earthly life. He still leads us today if we submit our hearts and souls to Him. He makes them resplendent with His glory and gives them back to us, renewed for His service. Let us submit ourselves to Him. 

Let us pray: God our Father, you chose David to lead your people. You were with him throughout his life because he obeyed you. Give us your grace to listen to your voice and act on it. Remind us always that we will give account of our lives before you. Help us to do your will. Amen. 

May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.

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