Fr. Ren Ligeralde, CJM
In the first reading, Nathan said to King David, “Go, do whatever you have in mind, for the Lord is with you.” And, in the Gospel, the Angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Hail full of grace! The Lord is with you.” David and Mary, two people who were very close to God, are very significant in our salvation history. Let us compare these two people.
Received grace from God
Response to God’s grace
Becames great king
His throne shall stand firm forever.
Became the mother of God
You will conceive in your womb a son…and his kingdom will have no end.
With this, one may conclude or see God’s goodness has no end. God enveloped both Mary and David with His grace. The most significant difference is their response to this grace. On one hand, David took Uriah’s wife which is against God’s Law. He was unfaithful. But he repented at the end. While, on the other hand, Mary’s response is fidelity until the end.
We people of the 21st century have the tendency to be more like David than Mary. God continuously giving us all the graces, but oftentimes, our response to this goodness is infidelity – sins. We know the commandments and yet we do not follow these commandments. We oftentimes follow our own desire and will.
So, as we continue our preparation for the second coming of Christ, let us ask, again and again, for God’s mercy. Let us beg God to allow us to be more sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and to be more obedient to God. Let us continue praying (including reading the Word of God and repentance), avoid sin, and do good deeds to our brothers and sisters.
“God of love and compassion, we beg You, continue to pour out your graces upon us. Give us a heart that is faithful and true, so that we could respond to your loving grace with fidelity and justice. Amen.”