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Monday Musing

Today’s first reading from the Book of Kings, has a very “ripped from the headlines” feel to it. How easy for us to fall into a trap that says that “things were different back then.” Well of course they were different, but certain things are timeless, and Scripture offers us a look not only back in time, but also into our own hearts. God and the human heart are timeless, no matter what era we live in.

Ahab is the King of Samaria, who ruled the northern kingdom. King Ahab is not a very nice guy; in fact he is despicable, always fighting with the prophet. He has a wife that is even worse, Jezebel.  Ahab is sulking, because Naboth the Jezreelite won’t give the King his vineyard. Ahab tried negotiating and cajoling Naboth into this transaction, but there was no movement. Naboth will not give up what is his ancestral heritage, even if it is for something that is allegedly better.  Jezebel comes up with a cruel scheme to falsely accuse Naboth of cursing God and king, which works. Now stoned to death Naboth is out of the way; Ahab has his vineyard.

In life we are often persuaded at best, or bullied at worst, into giving up what is truly ours. In this case, Naboth’s ancestral heritage, as well as our own, is God’s love for us. How often do we relinquish our heritage to the busy-ness that engulfs so many of us, or for material wealth, or because we don’t believe we have any other choice? Worse yet are times when, like for Naboth, false accusations are made and then are accepted. Such words might not get someone killed, but they do strip us of our good name and of our place in life. If it does not happen to us, we do see such things unfold in the news on a regular basis.

The call to keep our focus on God is clear; the ability to do so is not always so easy. But like Naboth, we must remain steadfast, come what may.


One Response

  1. Thank you for a lovely reflection!
    I can’t tell you how excited and happy I am for you to go a retreat. I cannot think of anything nicer to do…
    Wishing you a wonderful encounter with Christ 🙂

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