4th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II Meditations & Homily Builder

Monday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II

  • Absalom, Shimei, and the demoniac harass and seek to cast out God’s servants and holy ones.
  • David and Jesus both retreat to the Mount of Olives, but Jesus returns to Jerusalem to do “battle.”
  • In their own ways, both David and Jesus saved Jerusalem and her people.

Petitions:  Church & World Leaders, The Jewish People, Our Critics

Tuesday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II

  • Those from the synagogue official’s house lack the Cushite’s messenger’s tact.
  • A son’s death turns victory to mourning, a daughter’s resurrection turns mourning into joy.
  • Absalom’s pride was his loss, Jairus and the woman’s humility and faith restored them.

Petitions:  Humility, Sons and Daughters, Mourners

Wednesday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II

  • God prohibited census-taking lest it prompt leaders to arrogantly spurn him.
  • Loss of food, loss of power, and loss of health parallel Satan’s three desert temptations.
  • Unlike the Nazoraeans, David accepts his prophet’s unwelcome message.

Petitions:  Receptivity, Relatives, The Suffering

Thursday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II

  • Be present to life in this a house we dwell until we leave, going the way of all flesh.
  • Are we prepared to depart and to dust of this world from our feet?
  • Whether we’re accepted or rejected, Jesus and David stress obedience to God’s will.

Petitions:  Faithfulness, Presence of Mind, The Near Death

Friday, 4th Week in Ordinary Time—Year II

  • Two Kings of Israel: David the Good King, Herod the Wicked
  • Both sinned from adulterously taking other men’s wives.
  • David repented and was forgiven, but Herod handed over John and Jesus without apology.

Petitions:  Marriages, Political Leaders, Holy Leisure

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