1 Sm 16: 1b. 6-7. 10-13a This time it will be God who chooses who becomes King. The people of Israel have had their opportunity and chosen Saul. God chooses David. We are supposed to look at the contrasts and see what makes the difference between a not so good and great king. Saul looks the part from a worldly point of view but lacks the inner character to do a good job. David is exactly the opposite!

Jesus, help me to look at the character of a person when deciding if to make them a friend or not. Help me to see and discern with your wisdom so as to make good friends who will both inspire and help me to be a better person.

Eph 5: 8-14 Being a child of the light means being a good example to others in the ways of faith and morality. Each one of us is called to embrace the challenge of righteous living so that those whom we meet will be inspired by our holy way of life to embrace it themselves. This is one of the most important aspects of living and proclaiming the Gospel, namely that our commitment to the truth will make available to others the same choices we have made to Jesus.

Jesus, your life was exemplary in the ay you followed God’s will. Help me to do the same so that others will be inspired by the work of your grace within my life.

Jn 9: 1-41 We should not ascribe medical difficulties directly as the result of personal sin. Yes, we can certainly get sick from the choices we make but that is not the same as saying that God punishes sinners with sickness! I do not believe that God does this. Some choices, such as smoking make certain illnesses, for example Cancer, much more probable in a person’s life but God does not give cancer to the smoker – smoking does that!

Jesus, help me to be careful in ascribing bad events in a person’s life to their sin. When flooding occurs and houses are destroyed and lives lost it is because we have been silly enough to build on flood plains. It is not a punishment for personal sin!