First Reading: Samuel 11:1-10, 13-17 Reflection:
If there is one thing that can be said about the Old Testament it is that the heroes were very human and flawed. In the first reading at today’s Mass we have a story of lust and murder that is worthy of any modern writer: David falls for a woman, takes her to his bed and then arranges to have her husband killed.
And this is from one of the most important and greatest figures of the whole Old Testament!
God has some way of working through sin and sinners that we can never fully understand. Lust drove David to kill and yet David repented and went on to write psalms, especially Psalm 50, the great Miserere, the psalm of repentance.
David’s journey with God, his successes and his failures, his sins and repentance, are a powerful example to us all. This story today, the story of Bathsheba and her husband Uriah the Hittite, is a powerful story of how God makes goodness come out of evil; eventually David and Bathsheba have a son called Solomon.
Reading the story and the plot to kill Uriah, you see that human nature has not changed much over the years. We are still lustful and power driven, but God is still forgiving and merciful. It is good that he is, for as David wrote in Psalm 50, “My offences truly I know them, my sin is always before me.”