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A reading from the Book of Sirach Sir 47:2-11

Like the choice fat of the sacred offerings, so was David in Israel. He made sport of lions as though they were kids, and of bears, like lambs of the flock. As a youth he slew the giant and wiped out the people’s disgrace, When his hand let fly the slingstone that crushed the pride of Goliath. Since he called upon the Most High God, who gave strength to his right arm To defeat the skilled warrior and raise up the might of his people, Therefore the women sang his praises, and ascribed to him tens of thousands and praised him when they blessed the Lord. When he assumed the royal crown, he battled and subdued the enemy on every side. He destroyed the hostile Philistines and shattered their power till our own day. With his every deed he offered thanks to God Most High, in words of praise. With his whole being he loved his Maker and daily had his praises sung; He set singers before the altar and by their voices he made sweet melodies, He added beauty to the feasts and solemnized the seasons of each year So that when the Holy Name was praised, before daybreak the sanctuary would resound. The Lord forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever; He conferred on him the rights of royalty and established his throne in Israel.


The Lord forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever;

Why did God favor David? Was it because of his youth, good looks, strength and virility? I imagine David as the high school hero quarterback.

In spite of David’s sordid and selfish ways, (adulterer and murderer) when he became aware of his sins and offending God, he cried in remorse and asked for forgiveness. Despite of his losses of his baby and rebellious Absalom, David had unconditional love for God.

And then there was Herod Antipas, son of the brutal dictator, Herod the Great. He, too, was an adulterer and murderer. He was selfish, prideful and egotistical. On a whim and to save face, he beheaded John the Baptist. Was he remorseful, did he care or even realize he had offended God? No!

Instead, he worried if this was a ghost; he selfishly worried about what was going to happen to him. Herod could have asked for forgiveness. God’s mercy and grace would have welcomed Herod. God always has the last word.

We are all sinners.

Who would you rather be?

David or Herod?

Where would you prefer to go?

Heaven or Hell?

Choose wisely.

Always thanking God for His love never ends.

Blessed be God, my salvation.

God bless you

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