Responding to Saul

First Reading: 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27
Psalm: Ps 80:2-3, 5-7
Gospel: Mk 3:20-21

After all the differences between Saul and David, it was a shock for
David to learn of Saul’s death. This first reading confirms that
David remained a loving friend despite Saul’s treatment of him.
David cared for Saul and Jonathan deeply. He may have also hoped
that he can rekindle the loving relationship he once had with
David. But because of Saul’s death, David’s wishes would not be

We are reminded through the first reading, that we must make use of
every opportunity to reconcile any differences we may have with our
fellow man. Think of forgiving our enemies, at least in our
hearts. Think also of our friends and perhaps we can voice out some
small appreciation for them before it’s too late.

In the Gospel today, we are reminded that the church was created by
Jesus as a community of people. People are diverse not only in our
characteristics, personalities and the way we think, but also in the
way we live our lives. But perhaps, this is precisely why we are
reminded that we are part of a larger community. We need to share
our joys, sorrows and experiences with each other. Though some of
us silently do our personal sharing through the community Mass each
Sunday, others do personal sharing through community activities and
within their personal groups.

Perhaps the Lord is reminding us through the Gospel today that we
should continue to examine our lives and discipleship with each
other. How do we make use of our time and talent? Do we contribute
them through the activities in the church or do we do so through the