Friday, January 15, 2016

Homily for 16 Jan 2016

16 January 2016

Part of the “good news” of the Lord is that he'll work with the decisions we make.  Even if we don’t make the best decisions and get ourselves lost, God will still make the best of it.

Yesterday, we saw how the Israelites wanted a king.  They loved God, but they wanted an earthly king.  And so we hear today that God gave them a king; he gave them Saul.  And he seems to have been a good choice: “There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul; he stood head and shoulders above the people.”  And Saul did many good things for the nation.

Even though God would’ve preferred that his people just let he himself be their king, he nonetheless gave them a decent king, according to their wishes.  Of course, Saul eventually failed the people.  And every earthly king that followed him failed in some way.  But it was the best God could do, working with what his people wanted.

The Lord will work with the decisions we make in life.  He’ll always be trying to make it turn out the best for us.  And that is good news, because we’re all sinners.  We make good decisions in life, and we make bad ones.  But, regardless, the Lord has our back.

After all, he is the Good Shepherd who never leaves his flock.  He makes the best of our wandering ways.  He works with the decisions we make in order to lead us home.  And thanks be to God for that good news.

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