Thursday of the 1st Week In Ordinary Time, 14th January 2016
“Why has the Lord put us to rout today before the Philistines? Let us bring the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord here from Shiloh, that He may come among us and save us from the power of our enemies.”
(1 Samuel 4:3)
As the goes, overfamiliarity breeds contempt and this applied in today’s first reading (1 Samuel 1-11). The Israel felt soo confident that no matter how grave their sins were, that God will always fight their battles. They only seemed to remember him when they were at war losing and tended to forget him when things went smoothly. And this could be our attitude at times: when the going is good we forget God and act like every success, every good thing came to be from our own doing; then when the going gets tough, we recoil and remember God and we call on him expecting him to do ‘His magic‘.
Yes, God is willing to save us from the powers of our enemies. And yes, our Lord is a merciful God but He is also a just one. Let’s not take his mercy for granted, just because his ocean of mercy is always open for us. Remember God at all times, whether good or bad and praise Him always.