Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor
July 27, 2014
From your Pastor,
From the first reading, taken from the First Book of Kings, we hear the famous story of King Solomon being visited by God as he begins his service to the Lord, as King over God’s people. God says to King Solomon, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” King Solomon responds to the question this way - “Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong. For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon made this request and He granted it.
What does this have to do with us? What is the lesson that we have to learn? If we were asked the same question from God what would be our response? King Solomon, in his response, shows us what we truly need in our life. It is not wealth. It is not security. It is an understanding heart and the gift to distinguish right from wrong. At times the world, in its actions, seems to have lost the sense of an understanding heart. We are quick to make judgments and act accordingly. We fail to put ourselves in their particular situations and merely point fingers accusing them; rather than extend a helping hand. We are quick to react with instruments of war and violence rather than sit down at a table to negotiate. We may come in with a self-righteous attitude, rather than the loving and merciful heart of God.
What is the importance of judging right from wrong? As an old cliché goes, “sometimes it is hard to see the forest because of the trees.” So often that is true, we are so wrapped up in what is around us that we do not see another solution to the problem that may be staring us in the face. For what we say or don’t say may do harm to another. As a Native American saying goes: “Walk a mile in my moccasins and you will know my journey.” Sometimes we may have to do this in order to get the total picture. In conclusion, let us remember these words from a song - “He ain’t heavy he’s my brother (sister).”
Have a great week!