20 Jan Pep Talk (1 Sam 17:45-47) by Mary Grabosky
‘David answered him: “You come against me with sword and spear and scimitar, but I come against you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel that you have insulted. Today the LORD shall deliver you into my hand; I will strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will leave your corpse and the corpses of the Philistine army for the birds of the air and the beasts of the field; thus the whole land shall learn that Israel has a God. All this multitude, too, shall learn that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves. For the battle is the LORD’s and he shall deliver you into our hands.”‘ ~ 1 Sam 17:45-47 (full readings)
Mary’s Reflections: Today’s first reading is the story of David and Goliath. We all know the story of the small shepherd who defeats the Philistine with one blow to the head. It appeared that David was the underdog in this story, by the looks of it I would have bet on the Philistine. But David did not come into the fight with just his 5 smoothe stones – he came in the name of the Lord. I highly encourage you to read this passage. It can serve as a “pep talk” as we gear up and go into battle fighting for the unborn against what appears to be the Goliath of the secular society we live in today. It may appear that we are small but we go into battle in the name of the Lord. Today is also the feast of St. Sebastian who is the patron saint of athletes. He was also fearless in the face of death. He is the saint that is often depicted with arrows all over his body. This is because he was sentenced to death, tied to a tree, and shot with arrows because of his Christian faith. However, this attempt did not kill him. He was presumed dead, but his body was rescued and he was brought back to health. Once well, he publicly denounced the Emperor for his persecution of the Christians. This led to his martyrdom by being beaten to death. I pray that you and I may have the courage of both David and St. Sebastian as we march, walk, run and pray for an end to abortion.
* Mary Grabosky taught elementary school for 11 years and now stays home with her two children. Mary is married to Jeff Grabosky and they live in Jefferson City, Missouri..
Faith Challenge: Take time to get a pep talk from God and read the story of David from 1 Samuel 17.
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