The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest & Doctor of the Church, 28 January 2022 2 Samuel 11:1-4, 5-10, 13-17 ><]]]]*> + <*[[[[>< Mark 4:26-34
Why do we always try to "imprison" or keep you in a place, God our Father? Why, despite our faith and knowledge of your power and might, we insist on trying to entrap you in the hope we can get away with our evil deeds or sins?
Praying over the first reading for today on how King David committed his first grave sins against you, I could see myself in him overpowered by evil during those instances when I thought you were out or far from my side not to see my sins:
At the turn of the year, when kings go out on campaign, David sent out Joab along with his officers and the army of Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. David, however, remained in Jerusalem (while the ark of the covenant was lodged in tents while his soldiers fought the Ammonites, cf. v. 11).2 Samuel 11:1
What happened with David that after getting Bathsheba pregnant, he tried to dupe her husband Uriah by luring him to sleeping with his wife that when it did not work, he had him positioned in a battle to die and get away with his sins?
How sad and so shameful when we, like David, fall into a series of sins we thought we could get under control only to find ourselves imprisoned in the darkness of evil.
Make us realize, Lord, the enduring truth of your powerful and silent presence even in the darkest night when nothing seems to happen:
Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the Kingdom of God: It is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise, night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”Mark 4:26-27
"Grant me, O Lord my God", as St. Thomas Aquinas would pray to you: "a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you." Amen. St. Thomas Aquinas, Pray for us!