January 31, 2018
(St. John Bosco, Priest)
After King David declared a census be taken of all Israel, he regretted having numbered the people, and said to the LORD: “I have sinned grievously in what I have done. But now, LORD, forgive the guilt of your servant, for I have been very foolish.”
When David rose in the morning, the LORD had spoken to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying: “Go and say to David, ‘This is what the LORD says: I offer you three alternatives; choose one of them, and I will inflict it on you.'” Gad then went to David to inform him. He asked: “Do you want a three years’ famine to come upon your land, or to flee from your enemy three months while he pursues you, or to have a three days’ pestilence in your land? Now consider and decide what I must reply to him who sent me.” David answered Gad: “I am in very serious difficulty. Let us fall by the hand of God, for he is most merciful; but let me not fall by the hand of man.” 2_Sm_24:2,9-17
Sometimes, beloved, even the most righteous people make errors in the sight of God. David was right in recognizing his error and pleading for God’s mercy. And yet there are always consequences for our sins. David had the privilege of making the choice of his consequence, which is rarely the case in real life. But the choice between three evils, between three nasty consequences is still not easy. Sometimes, beloved, there is no other choice than taking the lesser of many evils. And even that choice will still hurt.
Moral of the story, I guess, is to always be very careful in the original decisions we make. Pray over it first. Evaluate the consequences if it doesn’t go right. And then dive in, knowing full well that you made the decision based upon what God would have thought was best for the time and place!
Praise be to God for sending us Jesus, and Jesus for blessing us with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit! He is our Light and our Life!
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