2 Sam. 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17 | Ps. 51:3-7, 10-11 | Mk. 4:26-34
Samuel tells the story of David’s infidelity into which the great king fell and succumbed. In addition David tried to cover up his infidelity but when this failed, he had the husband of Bathsheba, Uriah, placed in the front lines of the battle and thus killed. David is allowing himself to give into one sin after the other in an attempt to cover up the previous one. David falls because he has allowed himself to do his own will rather than God’s will. This happens to us as well.
Jesus tells us what the kingdom of Heaven is like. It is like the seed that is planted and grows through the nourishment proved by the earth. When the mustard seed (one of the smallest seeds) is planted, it grows into one of the tallest bushes. That is because the seed dies and depends upon the earth for nourishment. Jesus tells us that the same is possible for us. If we allow ourselves to die to our wishes and depend on God to nourish and sustain us, then we will prosper and grow. David did not do this and thus he fell. God does come to us to heal us and forgive us for those times when we do not remain faithful. God is always faithful and always ready to help us. Take time to pray with these readings and ask God to give you all you need to remain faithful and loving.