2 Samuel 7:4-17; Ps 89 For ever I will maintain my love for my servant; Mark 4:1-20
"Go, tell my servant David, "thus says the LORD: should you build me a house to dwell in?"
How often like David do we make proposals to God only to discover that God has other plans? It is true that we cooperate with God by proposals we make but ultimately it is God that disposes.
Our lives require constant reassessment and acceptance of plan B. God's polite refusal of David's offer sets the bench mark for the rest of us as we journey forth life. How many "polite" refusals of God in our life have led to better things at least in regards to the unfolding of God's gift of salvation for the rest of us and the rest of humanity.
God's building a house in today's first reading also bespeaks of a covenant promise. The Davidic covenant upon which Jesus ultimately fulfills is set in motion in today's reading. God's plan is bigger and better than David even could imagine.
The words of St Paul come to mind, "God can do immeasurable more than we can ask or imagine..."
This is what Plan B unfolds for us in our life. Trust it. Embrace it. Let God love us through it. Hold on.
Jesus the fulfillment of the Davidic covenant instructs us in parables in today's gospel. The sower goes out to sow. One of the many interesting things to note is how generous the sower is with the seed. Some would suggest the sower is wasteful. But yet it remains that the seed is scattered everywhere, all over the place.
Despite all the obstacles, the seed finds a way, finds a home, finds a place to bloom and bear much fruit. We do our part certainly by cultivating a listening heart. But even our own refusal doesn't derail God's ability to bring forth abundance.
What a beautiful reality to hold firm in our minds and hearts.
We can do our worst. The devil can do his best to resist and to stop. Yet, combined there is no stopping the Father's word from producing abundant harvest. This is our hope. This is also the reason to cultivate our hearts in a receptive manner.
Pax et Bonum