THURSDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

February 1, 2018

1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12

 

When David’s time to die drew near, he charged his son Solomon, saying: “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, be courageous, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn. Then the Lord will establish his word that he spoke concerning me: ‘If your heirs take heed to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, they shall not fail you a successor on the throne of Israel.’

 

Then David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.

 

 

1 Chronicles 29: 10-12

 

“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might; and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all.

 

 

Mark 6:7-13

 

He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

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Meditation

 

In the readings today, we see two instances of the kingdom. In the first reading, David teaches Solomon to carry on with the instructions God gave to him. David obeys God at the end of his life ensuring his heir will also obey the will of God and Solomon’s kingdom is firmly established. He rules over a kingdom that is prosperous and pleasing to the Lord. In the gospel, Jesus instructs the disciples how to live the kingdom of God. Instead of ruling over a kingdom, they are given authority by God to cast out demons, heal the sick, and proclaim the gospel forever transforming the face of the earth and building God’s kingdom.

 

Previously, in David’s life, God commands him not to count his people and military but to rely on the Lord for strength and security. God gives a similar order to the disciples that they are not to bring provisions or even attempt to provide for themselves in any way but rely solely on the Lord to take care of them. It is when David returns to obeying God’s orders to him and when the disciples obey Jesus’s instructions that the kingdom of God can be fully established and flourish in the world. Through David’s obedience, his kingdom is firmly established for Solomon. Through the disciples’ obedience, the message of the gospel spreads throughout the whole world.

 

What are the orders God has given you? Where do you fail to follow and obey God? Do you rely on your own strength as your security or do you actively place your trust in God and surrender to Him? Come to Him today with all the ways you have relied on your own strength and ask Him to help you give those areas over to Him.

 

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for always providing for me and directing me. I desire to rely completely on your Holy Spirit and be led by you. I place my life in your hands and ask for the grace to trust in you completely. Amen.

 

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