Categories: HomiliesPublished On: January 15th, 2022Tags: , 289 words8.8 min read

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The stories in the Bible certainly do reflect our culture today. We tend to judge people by their appearance. When describing men, the ideal is to be tall, dark, and handsome. We are told Saul stands head and shoulders over other men and that he is the most handsome man. He is also from the North. This is a red flag in reading the history of Israel. Judah is in the South. In contrast, when we read about David, he too will be handsome and tall and from the Judah. As we know it is not in external appearances, but what is in the heart.

The people asked for a king, but Samuel does not use the word ‘king’. Instead, he anoints Saul. Samuel as the prophet, represents the priestly component, Saul as the commander represents the authority or kingly aspect of leadership. God is already establishing the foundation for the sacrament of baptism.

We are to be priest, prophet, and king. Words we use at each baptism. Samuel uses a flask of oil and pours it over the head of Saul. At a bishop installation, the new bishop is also anointed in the same way. The Lord has anointed him commander over His heritage. Think of our Apostolic tradition, how it has been traced down through the ages.

One last thought for today. Jesus came to call sinners not the righteous. In preparation for Sunday, reflect on the gifts God has given you. How have you shared your gifts?

May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and if the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen