Scripture: 1st Reading: 2Sam6,12-15,17-19; Resp. Psalm: Ps24,7-10; Gosp. Accl.: Mt11,25; Gospel: Mk3,31-35
The steadfastness of David cannot be quantified. His love for Yahweh was indescribable. His zeal for the protection and furtherance of Yahweh's total claims over Israel, was unparalleled. Weak though he was and prone to terrible mistakes, David still put Yahweh first in everything he did or said.
David was not at peace that the Ark, the symbol of God's presence was outside Zion, the city of David. Today's first reading describes what happened the day the Ark was taken from Obededom's house to its abode in the city of David. David made the procession a grand one.
The word of God tells us today that David was profligate in his desire to demonstrate the supremacy of Yahweh and show His the honour and worship and majesty that was His. When those bearing the ark had gone six paces, David sacrificed an ox and a fatling. Not only this.
The word tells us that David "danced before the Lord with all his might. The ark was brought up with shouting and the sound of the horn. After the ark had been put in the tent David prepared for it, he offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. He then blessed the people and shared bread, meat and raisins to the people.
David did all these because he knew where he was coming from. He remembered that he was nobody. He recalled that everything he had was given to him by God. His thankful heart could not have done otherwise.
Like David, are we thankful for what God has done for us? Do we show Him how our encounter with Him has changed our fortunes, changing our mourning into dancing and clothing us with His power and victory? It is not enough to recognize what God has done for us. We must demonstrate our gratitude by the way we live our lives, by the way we do the will of Him who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light.
This was the point our Lord made today in the gospel. His response to those who told Him His mother was outside looking for Him, must have shocked His hearers. But the point here is not that our Lord disparaged His mother or was in any way disrespectful of her. In fact, He was obedient to His mother and loved her with an only Son's love.
The point our Lord made with His statement, which should be the template for all of us, is that obedience to the word is paramount over every other considerations, even over blood, family, clan relationships. Obedience to the word is the determinant here of those who do the will of God. Those are our Lord's relatives.
Let us follow His example and as good followers, work towards ending all clannish, sectional, nepotistic and favouritism tendencies that shut other people out. Our Lord by His statement challenged us on the need to give everybody a level playing field. Let us obey His voice and live like His true disciples.
Let us pray: O God our heavenly Father, we praise and thank you for the gift of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Heal our brokenness. Cure us of our divisive tendencies. Help us to accept others as your children and open our hearts to them. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.