Scripture: 1st Reading: 2Sam7,4-17; Resp. Psalm: Ps89,4-5,27-30; Gospel: Mk4,1-20
Yahweh took David from the pasture and made him a prince over His people Israel. The choice and election were Yahweh's prerogatives. Yahweh did not just make David king. Yahweh stood by David. Yahweh was with him wherever he went. Yahweh defended his servant from his enemies.
Yahweh promised to make David's name great, establish the kingdom of Israel under him, grant them peace during his reign, give David and the people rest from all their enemies.
On account of David's unwavering love for Yahweh, Yahweh promised to make a house for David. David was not going to build a house for Yahweh because throughout Yahweh's long relationship with Israel up to the moment David wanted to build the temple, Yahweh had dwelt in tents but this did not stop Him from being present to His people in their needs.
Yahweh would establish the kingdom in the lineage of David. We must recall here that before David were Judges, Prophets and King Saul who ruled Israel on behalf of Yahweh. There was no dynasty and no hereditary succession to the throne. There was no law of primogeniture, that is, the fact that the first son would succeed the father to the throne. In a demonstration of His love for David, Yahweh promised David that his son would rule after him. Yahweh promised to be merciful unto David's son whenever he committed any sin and to establish his throne and kingdom forever.
Our Lord, the descendant of David, came to earth to establish that everlasting kingdom of David. Today He taught about the need to listen to the word of God. More importantly, He stressed the need to prepare the soil, that is, our souls, for the reception of the word of God. This was His message in the parable of the sower. Nothing should be allowed to distract us from our faithful commitment to the word.
Like David who hung on the word of Yahweh and obeyed it all the days of his life, are we assiduous in keeping the word of God? Do we live by the word? Do we allow the word to touch our lives and be the lamp for our feet? St. Francis de Sales, whose memorial we celebrate today, lived his entire life in obedience to the word of God. As bishop of Geneva in present day Switzerland, he strengthened the faith of his flock during the difficult times of the reformation. May he intercede for us.
Let us pray: "O God, who for the salvation of souls willed that the Bishop Saint Francis de Sales become all things to all, grant graciously that, following his example, we may always display Te gentleness of your charity in the service of our neighbour." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.