Friday JANUARY 12
First Week in Ordinary Time
The king of kings
  • 1 Samuel 8:4-7,10-22
  • Psalm 89:16-19
  • Mark 2:1-12

The people of Israel would have thought they were choosing the lesser evil by demanding a king to rule over their nation. Today, we have a democratic right to choose our leaders through a voting system, in countries where democracy exists. Most often we are unhappy with the current government and are looking for new, fresh leadership that can bring change and benefit the lives of the common people. However, the choice we make may not always turn out to be the lesser evil, and we could be enslaved under a new government who would be “takers” and not “givers”, as the Lord warned the Israelites. We need to be careful about what we ask for, as there are consequences. When we bring our requests to God, we should do so humbly, seeking his will, and then trusting God with the answer. Jesus Christ is our King and the only one worthy of our allegiance and trust. We can then confront the challenges of this world and witness to the peace, justice and liberation of the kingdom of God.

Abba Father, may your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

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