Day 110: David and goliath

1 Samuel 17:1-58 The Story of David slaying Goliath the Philistine demonstrates that the power of God is far greater than that of any warrior. Christian tradition has long seen in this story a figure of the Church’s battle with Satan and her ultimate triumph. This chapter appears to be an alternate introduction of David into the story, as Saul does not seem to know David before the duel. (CCC 268-269, 303-306)

Psalm 12 This psalm touches on several manifestations of falsehoods that violate the Eighth Commandment: lies, flattery, duplicity, and boasting. This category of deceitful spirit would also include calumny, detraction, perjury, and rash judgement. Lies are damaging because they undermine trust and goodwill, which in turn has ill effects on relationships with others and creates discord and strife.

Who is our master?: The ultimate lie is that falsehood will prevail or, worse still, that there is no absolute truth as if truth could change with particular circumstances. This denial of eternal and immutable truth is called MORAL RELATIVISM, which is a dramatic contradiction of the objective truth given by natural law and Divine Revelation. (CCC 2476-2486)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Key Event 37: David Kills Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-31)

Against all odds, the young shepherd David kills Goliath, a giant Philistine warrior.  For centuries, the Philistines had been a thorn in Israel's side.  Only with David does Israel begin to gain the upper hand.

David and Goliath

The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine. (1 Sam 17:37)

(*Walking With God: A Journey Through The Bible by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise and we give you glory and honor. We give you just thanks. Thank you, God, for all that you have given to us. The very fact that our existence comes from you, I mean you are the ground of all being, Father in Heaven. You are the source of everything. You are being itself. Just the fact that we get to exist is because you share your being with us. You share the gift of existing with us. If you are to forget us for a moment, Lord God, we would cease to exist. So thank you. Thank you for remembering us at all times. Thank you for holding us in existence at all times. Thank you for being so faithful and for being such a good Dad. Help us to not forget you, help us to remember you and remember your love, remember your faithfulness. Help us to walk in faithfulness as we walk in thankfulness as well this day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”