1 Kings 2:1-4,10-12
As David’s life drew to its close he laid this charge on his son Solomon, ‘I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong and show yourself a man. Observe the injunctions of the Lord your God, following his ways and keeping his laws, his commandments, his customs and his decrees, as it stands written in the Law of Moses, that so you may be successful in all you do and undertake, so that the Lord may fulfil the promise he made me, “If your sons are careful how they behave, and walk loyally before me with all their heart and soul, you shall never lack for a man on the throne of Israel.”’
So David slept with his ancestors and was buried in the Citadel of David. David’s reign over Israel lasted forty years: he reigned in Hebron for seven years, and in Jerusalem for thirty-three.
Solomon was seated upon the throne of David, and his sovereignty was securely established.
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.
… [H]e began to send them out
My parish priest one shared with me that the entire Christian journey is one of mission. We are to continually to discover what it means to be in a relationship with God and then to continue to serve Him in this capacity as we are. The readings of today remind us of what we need to do in order for us to be worthy enough for this call of mission.
David instructed Solomon to always keep the commandments of the Lord and not to deviate away from the Law of Moses. Such an injunction is probably easy for us to remember at the beginning of our Christian journey but it may become difficult as we go along in our lives because sometimes such things become out of mind once they are out of sight. Commandments may seem like rules and regulations but we need to understand the spirit behind it. In order for us to do so, we must enter into that encounter with God who will accept us for who we are, just as we are so that we can hear his Word and make sense of it in this broken world. This encounter must happen in prayer and the reading of Sacred Scripture to deepen our hearts and lives in knowing what God desires of us.
Indeed, I believe that this is how we must equip ourselves to handle the needs and challenges of the world. We need to discover what it means to be a child of God and in that process of discovery, share that with the people around us whom we meet along in life. With that focus in mind, material things like glory, prestige and power will fade away but instead the simple joy of being with God is there to help us in our lives.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer – Dear Father, let us be open to your word in our lives so that we can discover how we can best serve you.
Thanksgiving – We give thanks for all who love us just as we are.