2 Samuel 14:1-2a, 4b, 5b-7a, 11b, 13-14
“Joab…knew the king’s heart longed for Absalom. So Joab…had a wise woman brought…‘Pretend you are in mourning…then go to the king…’…she said, ‘Help me, O king!…I am indeed a widow…I your servant had two sons. They got into a fight with each other in the field…one struck the other and killed him. Now the whole clan has risen up against your servant; they say, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother down, so that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed…’ ‘As surely as the Lord lives, [David] said, ‘not one hair of your son’s head will fall to the ground.’…The woman said, ‘Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself, for the king has not brought back his banished son? Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.’”
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
“His ways are eternal.”
Lord and King, with unlimited capacity and profound wisdom you devise plans of love.
You sketched out a route to restore your guilty children by means of an innocent mediator. As a living path, Christ offered himself as the way for us to return to you.
Receive our gratitude for initiating this most merciful solution. May we answer wrongdoing by offering creative channels of reconciliation.
Because of your unrelenting hold on us we can ask this in the name of Jesus, your perfect plan and most brilliant way.
Listen to ‘Of the Father’s Love Begotten’ by Ordinary Time