The Church of Saint Agnes

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3rd Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Tue, 01/23/2018
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

David, the anointed King of Israel, danced before the Lord with abandon.
He was ecstatic with joy.
A procession was bringing the ark of God from Judah to the city of David, Jerusalem,
to the place where it would dwell among the people.
There was singing, and the playing of lyres, harps and tambourines and cymbals.
Among shouts and acclamations and the sound of the horn,
accompanied with a multitude of sacrifices,
the ark was carried along the way in the midst of throngs of people.
The People of God knew they were blessed.  God was with them and among them.
Now was a time to celebrate, to make merry.
 
We don’t hear this in today’s reading from the 2nd Book of Samuel
but there was one person looking on all these festivities and this person wasn’t happy.
It was Saul’s daughter.  She thought David was making a fool of himself,
acting like a commoner.  It was all so demeaning according to her.
The only thing the scripture says about her future is
quote “…she was childless to the day she died.”
 
Some people are unable, maybe unwilling,
to recognize the blessings and the providence of God.
They find little reason to celebrate….spend their time in bitterness and despair,
always complaining, seldom see the good, go out of the way to express their grievances.
There’s something wrong with everything that goes on around them.
The person is usually super independent and standoffish.
For this person, to be dependent on others is a weakness.
 
The causes of such gloom could be a number of things:
the absence of love, of both receiving and giving love, in the person’s life;
bitter experiences;
overwhelming feelings of anger and sadness and hopelessness.
It’s possible that this person has not undergone the necessary growth and development
of their perceptive capacities, of their freedom.
They are stuck in immature even childish ways of responding to disappointments and problems.
For whatever the reason, this person doesn’t have the ability
to see the goodness and love of God
and/or doesn’t have the ability to recognize the goodness and love in people around them.
They tend to see most of the people around them as not only inadequate or flawed in some way
but they see the people around them as enemies.
It is possible that this person rejects altogether the love that is asked of him/her
as this pertains to relationships with other people.
Somehow, someway, within this person is a resistance to grace.
 
One remedy for this unfortunate and limited state of being is the virtue of hope
and most importantly to regain an increase of hope in the reality and truth of love;
to avail him/her self to the power of love;
to deliberately practice the skills that entail love, promote love, foster the growth of love.
It is of a greater benefit to look for new experiences that involve and manifest love
than to spend the time figuring out why love is absent in the first place.
 
We all need to grow in love; we all need to celebrate our blessings;
we all need to accept our dependency on God and on those around us.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, bring us new birth, help us to embrace new life, give us a new willingness to live in love and to dance the dance of life with You and with those around us.  Amen!”