Day 113: Broken Trust

1 Samuel 21:1-15 The priests of Nob gave David the “bread of the presence”; this bread, which was to be consumed only by priests, was kept in the sanctuary and was replaced weekly with fresh bread. Christ would refer to this story when he defended his disciples for plucking and eating grain on the Sabbath (cf. Mt 12:3-4). (CCC 2581)

Psalm 52 This psalm builds on Psalm 50 and 51 and conveys a contrasting message to Psalm 51. Its first five verses address a wicked man by telling him of the punishments that lay ahead of him on account of his sins; among his transgressions is his love of money (avarice), about which Psalm 49 warns, but special attention is given to sins of the tongue such as lying. The righteous, on the other hand, can look forward to spending eternity in the house of God. Here the psalmist is likely referring to living near the Temple in Jerusalem, whereas for Christians these words clearly point to eternal life in Heaven, the New Jerusalem, and the eternal Temple, which is Christ. (CCC 2482-2486, 2534, 2536, 2541, 2552)

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

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we give you praise today. And we know what it is like to be betrayed. We know what it is to be lied about. We know what it is to lose faith in others when they have turned their backs on us. We know what it is to be hurt by having trusted others, having given our hearts to them, and having those hearts be betrayed. And so we recognize in David’s prayer, in this Psalm 52, we recognize our own experience. We recognize our own hearts. We recognize what it is to be abandoned, to have had friends and then to have those friends turn on us. And so we pray for each other, especially those betrayed hearts, especially those who find themselves wounded by those they thought they could trust. Lord God, we pray for all of our friends right now, who have been wounded by friends, all those people who are joining us in this community who have been wounded by those they believed they could trust. And we ask for their strength, for grace, and for mercy to be in their hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”