What God Wants of Us

First Reading: 1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1
Psalm: Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gospel: Mk 2:13-17

In today’s first reading God chooses Saul to be Israel’s first king.
Later on in Chapter 10 of this same book, there is a second account
of this same incident. Whatever the differences in the two accounts,
however, a common theme runs through both: it is God who has chosen
Saul to be King of Israel. There is no room for misinterpretation.
Both biblical accounts make it very clear that God it was who called
Saul to this office in Israel.

None of us need worry that one morning we’ll awaken to find God
calling us to be king either in his kingdom or anywhere else. But
God does have a plan for each of us. The plan may suffer
alterations from time to time because we’re not anxious to cooperate
with God in actualizing it. (We see God and Samuel today
reluctantly establishing in Israel a monarchical form of government
they did not want. But since the people wanted it, God granted it.)
God does have a plan for each of us, whether it be the original or a
revised form.

Bible Alive concludes today’s reflection on the first reading:
We must watch and wait prayerfully, studying his word in the
scripture so that we may be alive to his call. In the modern world
so much emphasis is placed on self-fulfillment, but we must realize
that it is God who will fashion our path, who will send for us,
and `anoint’ us to do his work. As we watch and wait, we must trust
in the rightness of his chosen way for us, and not be worried,
impatient or fearful.