2 Samuel 16-18; John 19

2 Samuel 16:5-14 As King David was approaching Bahurim, there was a man coming out; he was of the same clan as the house of Saul, and his name was Shimei, son of Gera. He kept cursing as he came out, and throwing stones at David and at all King David’s officers, even though all the soldiers, including the royal guard, were on David’s right and on his left. Shimei was saying as he cursed: “Get out! Get out! You man of bl ood, you scoundrel! The LORD has paid you back for all the blood shed from the family of Saul,* whom you replaced as king, and the LORD has handed over the kingdom to your son Absalom. And now look at you: you suffer ruin because you are a man of blood.” Abishai, son of Zeruiah, said to the king: “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.” But the king replied: “What business is it of mine or of yours, sons of Zeruiah, that he curses? Suppose the LORD has told him to curse David; who then will dare to say, ‘Why are you doing this?’” Then David said to Abishai and to all his servants: “If my own son, who came forth from my loins, is seeking my life, how much more might this Benjaminite do so! Let him alone and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to. Perhaps the LORD will look upon my affliction and repay me with good for the curses he is uttering this day.” David and his men continued on the road, while Shimei kept up with them on the hillside, all the while cursing and throwing stones and dirt as he went. The king and all the soldiers with him arrived at the Jordan tired out, and stopped there to rest.

I have been giving the story of David – one of the greatest human stories of the Bible – short shrift in favor of John’s Gospel.  We are always tempted to say when reflecting on our own sinfulness “Well, at least I haven’t killed anybody.”  The man described as “a man after God’s own heart”, well, he did kill somebody.  He stole one of his subordinate’s wives and through subterfuge had the man murdered…mortal sin I’m guessing, hope I’m not being judgmental.  As heinous as this was, David genuinely repented and God forgave him.  Of course David still had to suffer the consequences of his sin.  A Satan tactic is to try to convince us our sins are so grave that seeking healing is useless, our sins are unforgivable. David’s story is edifying: yes you can be forgiven for staying home on Sunday and watching Scooby on The Cartoon Channel instead of going to Mass, as horrifying as this sin is (watching Jabberjaw, even worse.  There’s something sick and twisted about a great white that talks like Curly Howard.)

God bless!

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