April 28: heart (2 Samuel 3; 1 Chronicles 12; Matthew 15)

What message do you find in today’s readings?  Beyond a basic understanding of what is written, what message do you hear for your life?

In the Old Testament, we read of the ongoing struggle to bring Israel and Judah together under the rule of God’s annointed, King David. Just when it appeared that unity would be achieved, Joab killed Abner. In response to this act of revenge, David led with humility. We are gaining insight into the character of this man “after God’s own heart”.

In Matthew, the Pharisees were focused on traditions. Tradition had taken precedence over scripture and their hearts had no intention of discovering what God desired. Unless we are continually being stretched and challenged by what we find in scripture, we won’t be able to distinguish between healthy and hypocritical traditions.

Then we read stories of being fed. Jesus came to reach first, the Jews who had wandered from the heart of God. But the Canaanite woman points us to the future when the Church would reach into all the world. And yes, Jesus would feed them all.

So as I reach the end of today’s reading, I am reflecting on what sort of food I am seeking. This hunger in my soul – what will I seek? And will the food I seek also be the food that truly satisfies? Once again, the scripture helps me recognize that the only food that will truly satisfy the deep hunger in my soul is what Jesus provides.

Like the Canaanite woman, I pray:”Lord, help me!”

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