That Man is You...
We will celebrate Father’s Day this month and a good occasion for a passage from Samuel. It tells how a father's sin can lead to the destruction of his family and possibly even families of others. We know the story of David , how he observed the wife of Uriah and was smitten. Rather than remembering who he was – a king who enjoyed a privileged relationship with God – David saw something he wanted, regardless of the consequences. His thoughts were solely on himself. Self-centered and self-absorbed, David had Uriah killed.
At God’s request, Nathan, the prophet, went to David and told the king the story of a rich man who invited a poor man to his home. The rich man had many flocks of sheep, but he still took the poor man’s only sheep for himself. King David was enraged and demanded to know who this man was so he could see to it that justice was done. Nathan simply replied, “That man is you.”
When David had that mirror held to his face, he saw the truth. He saw the enormity of his sin and begged forgiveness.
God loved David, as He loves all His children, and God granted David forgiveness but did not free him from the consequence of his sin.
Paul speaks of being justified by Christ. For Catholics, the term “justification” is confusing as it is not a regular word in our faith vocabulary. We usually associate it with a doctrinal difference with other Christian denominations, but it is Scriptural and a useful word for us.
Scriptural justification is the process by which God frees us from Original Sin, thus saving us. This was done through the saving passion and death of Jesus Christ. God wants us to get “lined up” to live consistently the life He created us for.
How a father lives his life has a huge impact on teaching his children, most particularly his sons. From his father, a son learns how to be a man. It is vitally important then, that fathers understand what a man is, particularly what a Christian man is. Mothers can fuss at their sons all they want about going to church, but children in a family in which the father attends regularly are far more likely to remain active in their own faith. (This is not to say a mother’s example is unimportant! Mothers have certain influences that fathers can’t touch.)
Are we willing to let go of our desires and let God justify us? Or, are we living like David and forgetting who we are? Are any of us concerned about being the example that will lead children to God?
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