Friday 19 January 2018
1 Samuel 24:321. Psalm 56(57):2-4, 6, 11. Mark 3:13-19.
Have mercy on me, God, have mercy—Psalm 56(57):2-4, 6, 11.
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.
We are reminded of Judas’ closeness to Jesus, chosen as one of the twelve apostles to go out and preach. Yet Judas, from the first, was also identified as a betrayer. David, too, was conflicted by the suggestion he do harm to Saul on one hand, and spare him on the other. David loved Saul, Judas loved Jesus, yet greed and selfishness led both men to consider betraying their love and friendship.
In our own lives, we may have harboured jealous thoughts or contemplated unkind acts towards those we love most. Our conscience might stop us short, as David’s did, before we do any harm. Or else, like Judas, we regret terribly the harm we ultimately cause.
Loving God, you who know us, lead us to act honourably and unselfishly, with forgiveness and love in our hearts.