A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Abuse of power

He was a good guy, truly devoted to the Lord and to the people entrusted to his care.

But he did some very bad things, including adultery, murder, and abuse of power.

Today’s first reading (2 Samuel 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17) presents us with an unflattering account of the great King David committing adultery and using his power to bring about the death of a loyal soldier.

You and I may not be kings or commanders. We may feel we have very little power indeed.

But we do have some power or at least some qualities that enable us to have at least some effectiveness in our day-to-day life.

Today’s first reading warns us against using our abilities – no matter how great or how puny they may be – for selfish or ungodly purposes.

May we use everything we have for truly good purposes in accordance with the will and the love of God.