Day 93: Strengths and Weaknesses

Judges 13:1-25 When Israel fell back into their sinful ways, the Philistines conquered them and began a forty-year occupation of the region. As an angel foretold, Samson was born of a woman thought to be barren. Following the indication of the angel, he was consecrated to God as a NAZIRITE from birth and lived according to the Nazirite vow, which included not cutting his hair, and not taking strong drink (POP QUIZ!! What was the final component of the Nazirite Vow? Answer in the comment section of the Facebook Post 🤓)

Why do you ask my name?: God revealed his name to Moses, but his name remains mysterious because he transcends our human ability to comprehend him. He is thus always the “hidden God.” (CCC 206, 328, 332)

Ch 14:1-19 Samson was not without faults. For example, he married a pagan woman against the Mosaic Law and without telling his parents. The anecdote about the honey and the dead lion is symbolic of his marriage: he touched a dead lion and gave honey to his parents without telling them it was unclean and then became unclean himself by eating some of the honey. His violent action in killing thirty men to obtain the garments needed to pay off a bet over a riddle is also unjustifiable. (CCC 306-308)

Psalm 146 This litany of praise calls to mind God’s works of salvation. As in other psalms, this one encourages every individual to put his or her trust in God over earthly powers. An essential part of counting on God’s help and protection is to love him by keeping his Commandments. An important aspect of being faithful to his will is a special concern for the poor and downtrodden. (Cf. St. John Paul II, General Audience, July 2, 2003) (CCC 150)

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

Samson and Micah 

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

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we do give you praise and glory. We thank you so much for the gift of yourself, the gift of faith, the gift of your Word you have given to us every single day these last 93 days. Lord, you keep speaking to us and you keep teaching us. You teach us not only about ourselves and about our history, but you teach us about your heart. You teach us about YOUR SELF. So we ask that you please continue to allow our ears to be open, our hearts to be open, our minds to be shaped by who you are and what you call us to. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”