January 20, 2018 Saturday, the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time-B

2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27

Psalm 80

Mark 3:20-21

They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan. 2 Sam 1:12

“He is out of his mind.”  Mk. 3:21

Lord, you know how we grieve over the death of loved ones.  Grief can be the most painful of all human experiences.  Even though he was far from perfect Saul was your chosen king of the people Israel.  Jonathan was the dear friend of the next king, David.  The very people who loved you the most, your family, misunderstood you so much they believed you out of your mind.  Being misunderstood, especially by those nearest to us, can be painful too.  They heard you teach them to love their enemies, they saw you eat with and befriend sinners and tax collectors, and they were amazed at how you challenged the respected religious authorities.  Lord, all this tells me I don’t see the big picture the same way you do.  The salvation plan of our heavenly Father was being carried out in both of these situations.  His plan is not always what it appears to be.  Lord, help me see with the eyes of faith.  Bring your grace into my heart so I can be open to whatever way you want to fulfill your promises.   Amen