Bruce, an Old Testament scholar in the parish, was invited to speak to the group about King David, the most famous Jewish king, an ancestor of Jesus and an example of a great leader but one with a very human nature. Brave and ambitious as a boy he was a favourite of king Saul, who however became jealous of David’s growing power and so the two became enemies. David became king after Saul was killed in battle. He was a great warrior but he had problems within his family, with his son Absolum even plotting a coup against him. At the same time he had a deep love of God and could acknowledge his sins and beg for forgiveness. An example is his love affair with Bathsheba the wife of Uriah, one of his generals, whom he contrived to have killed when Bathsheba was found to be pregnant. In his guilt David wept and mourned when the baby died but he loved Bathsheba and she became his favourite wife. Read his story in 2 Samuel 12-16 and 1 Kings.
A messenger came to David saying, “the hearts of the men of Israel have gone after Absalom.” David responded and said, “Arise let us flee or else there will be no escape for us from Absalom.” But he and the people with him were weeping as he said, “behold my own son seeks my life.” 2 Samuel 15-16.
Pope Francis. Underlying the principle of the common good is respect for the human person as such, endowed with basic and inalienable rights. It has also to do with the overall welfare of society and a variety of intermediate groups. Outstanding among those groups is the family, the basic cell of society. LS 156. “The Church must accompany with attention and care the weakest of her children, who show signs of wounded and troubled love by restoring in them hope and confidence like the beacon of a light house in a port or a torch carried among the people to enlighten those who have lost their way or who are in the midst of a storm.” AL291