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Meditation-  18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
2nd Samuel 11: 26-12: 13 Psalm 51: 1-12 Ephesians 4: 1-16 John 6: 24-35

We can usually see what is wrong with other people. David saw immediately the injustice committed by the rich man in the story that Nathan related. What he did not immediately perceive, however, was that he was “the man!” (2nd Samuel 12 v 1-7). Nathan had told his fable to demonstrate the enormity of what David had done in committing adultery with Bathsheba and in having her husband murdered (v 9).  Nathan followed up his story with a catalogue of all the blessings that David had received from the Lord – his kingship, his victories, his houses, his wives – and reminded him that if this had not been enough, God would have given him even more (v 7-8). In sinning as he did, David was showing contempt for God and his word (v 9-10)...

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