Good morning good people may the Lord bless you with peace and health. It is 16th January 2024.
We reflect on 1 Samuel 16:1-13 and Mark 2:23-28.
Though the world looks for a tall, good-looking, strategic, self-managing, skilful, innovative, creative, efficient, influential, interpersonal, expressive, goal-oriented, motivating, mobilising, confident, constructive, coordinating, and knowledgeable with endless lists for a proposed leader, but God looks at a person with a heart and harmoniously connected to the plan of God.
God is indeed on the lookout for someone to lead not by cover but by content. God is not impressed by mere appearance but seeks to find a person with love and obedience.
God will not choose a leader by a human standard but chooses someone who listens the language of God.
We read and reflect the anointing of David by prophet Samuel.
When leaders do their own things, God swiftly replaces them. God anoints David through Samuel to discern and direct, decide, and deliver, deliberate, and designate, dine, and diet, dispose, and develop in each situation.
The choice of the Lord is unmatchable and incomprehensible. The Spirit of the Lord rests on the person God chooses.
The Responsorial Psalm praises, “I have found David, my servant.” (Ps.88:21).
The Gospel explains the importance of a person over outward ritual observances. We need to be on guard over a mechanical way of worship to aspire for humane and loving sacrifices.
Observance of a particular religious law must not suffocate the windpipes of human existence.
Religious practices are to be considered always as a means not as an end. Promoting and preserving human life with the power of the Holy Spirit must be with the intention and end of our quest for truth.
May we always be careful in choosing the welfare of a human person over upholding religious practices. May you have a good day. God bless you.