Inevitable Unpleasantness

First Reading: 2 Sm 24:2, 9-17
Psalm: Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7
Gospel: Mk 6:1-6

There probably have been times in our lives where we find ourselves
making difficult decisions. Perhaps some of us are executives or
managers who have to decide whether to lay off workers in order that
our business will survive. Some of us may be part of a group of
people who need to determine whether a person committed a crime and
may have to spend most of his life in jail. Many of us could be the
head of the family who may need to decide whether to move to another
country for a career at the expense of uprooting the family.
Both readings today seem to underscore such a theme. David was
presented with a difficult decision of three options by God to
inflict on the people of Israel. He chose pestilence, which
resulted in the death of thousands.

In the Gospel today, Jesus faces a crowd of people whom he knew
since childhood. Unfortunately this crowd doubted him and Jesus
made the decision not to continue his ministry among them. It may
have been a logical decision but we could feel his disappointment
and sadness for coming to that decision.

How we run our lives depends on the decisions we make. Sometimes
these decisions can be difficult and/or have very unpleasant
consequences to the extent we lose friends and offend our closest

God came to David’s side after the pestilence and David eventually
built an altar that led to the end of the plague and suffering.
Jesus, after deciding to leave Nazareth, continued with his ministry
to teach and heal among the villages of Galilee.

The Lord is at our side through difficult times. Jesus teaches us
that life goes on especially when we are entrusted with a Mission –
the Mission to spread the Word of God and to practice our love and
concern for our neighbor.