Today is Monday the 3rd of February, in the Fourth week of Ordinary Time.

The St Thomas Music Group sing the Prayer of St Theresa by Margaret Rizza. ‘Let nothing disturb you, nothing distress you. While all things fade away, God is unchanging. Be patient, for with God in your heart, nothing is lacking.  God is enough.’

Today’s reading is from the Second Book of Samuel.

King David is indeed in a difficult situation. His son Absalom is trying to seize power from him. And men like Shimei, who curses him here, hold him responsible for the death of King Saul. He is surrounded by adversity. Yet notice David’s reaction, he is prepared to believe that God is somehow at work in the midst of this mess. Where might you need to know that God is present in your life in these days?

David does not allow Abishai to kill the man who curses him. David himself has done evil, and yet here we see in him something of the patience and restraint that we will see in Jesus during his passion. Take a moment to pray for whatever Christ-like quality you may need today.

As you listen again to the passage, sense the violence and aggression that surrounds David and sense too the extraordinary faith that allows David to continue to hope that God can bring good out of evil.

‘It may be that the Lord will look on my distress’, says David. You might like now to take some time to talk to the Lord about whatever distress you may be facing in life at the moment.