“Let us have a king to judge us.” (1 Sam 8:6)
and that’s it. No other option. Deaf to arguments, blind to the truth. 10 arguments about prospective negative consequences – simply rejected: “No! We are determined to have a king” (1 Sam 8:19). God knew: “It is not you they have rejected” (1 Sam 8:7). It is Me.
But God in His love “… said to Samuel, ‘Do as they ask and give them a king’.” (1 Sam 8:22). Now we know whom God had in mind. There is only one king: Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. Our plans and perspective – and God’s plan and perspective. Not a king of one nation, the King of the Universe.
He takes care of our whole life.“Which of these is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your stretcher and walk? But to prove to you that the Son of man has authority to forgive sins on earth’ – He said to the paralytic-‘I order you: get up, pick up your stretcher, and go off home.’” (Mk 2: 9-11).
They expected that He would heal him. He not only healed him, but also forgave his sins.
“Nourished for our healing by your Sacraments, O Lord, may we escape every snare of the enemy unharmed” (Prayer after Communion).
Categorised in: Fr Jarosław Szymczak