Thursday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time, 21st January 2016
And the women sang to one another as they made merry, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him.
(1 Samuel 18:7-8)
Envy. That which drives a man to be angry and displeased at the merriment of others; the vice that fuels the passion for hate in the hearts of men. Saul had that. We all have it every now and then. We see our family and close friends and even our neighbours progress in life and instead of rejoicing with them, we wish we were the ones the good came upon. We put on a fake smile but in the depths of our hearts we don’t really wish them well. But there’s always a voice we ought to listen to: a voice that speaks against hate and envy, a voice like Jonathan’s, a voice that tell us to rejoice for the blessings of our family and neighbours, for ours is on our way too.
So let us not sin against others; they have not sinned against us by being blessed by God after all. Let go of envy today.