Saturday, January 28, 2012
St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
He who faithfully prays to God for the necessaries of this life is both mercifully heard, and mercifully not heard. For the physician knows better than the sick man what is good for the disease.
-- St. Augustine
2 Samuel 12: 1 - 7, 10 - 17
And the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, "There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor.
The rich man had very many flocks and herds;
but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children; it used to eat of his morsel, and drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and it was like a daughter to him.
Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb, and prepared it for the man who had come to him."
Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die;
and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity."
Nathan said to David, "You are the man. Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, `I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul;
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uri'ah the Hittite to be your wife.'
Thus says the LORD, `Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.
For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.'"
David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
Many years before Jesus was born to a family in Nazareth in Israel the Lord our God was at work in the hearts and minds of his people. There have been many examples throughout life that reflect man's inhumanity to man which point to the mystery of faith spoken of in this O.T. passage.
If you read the Psalm, and the Gospel above from today's Mass you read "Create a clean heart in me O God." As well as: "Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?" This passage in Mark was spoken by the doubting disciples while Jesus was asleep in the stern of the boat when they were afraid they were going to perish in the storm. Our Lord was quick to accuse them of not having any faith in him.