1 Samuel!

1 Samuel 16:1

The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, seeing I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons."

This verse is the turning point in the book of Samuel, in the fortunes of Israel, and in the history of the world.  Saul was the king everybody wanted.  As with so many mistaken notions that vox populi means vox Dei, Saul turned out to be a tragically human failure who eventually had his kingdom taken away by God and given, not to the guy "everybody" wanted but to the guy God wanted: the runt of Jesse's litter–a kid named David.  David did not thereby breeze into the purple.  In fact, life got much harder.  But all the hardships served, not to kill David, but to make him stronger and more devoted to God.  It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and it ended… well, it never did really end.  For David's house was made sure by God and the Son of David was made King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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