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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30—19:3
Psalm 86:1-6
Mark 5:21-43

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the culture of death

"If only I had died instead of you, Absalom my son, my son!" —2 Samuel 19:1

Nathan, the prophet, had revealed to David that David's sin of adultery would result in many deaths (see 2 Sm 12:10). The child conceived through David's adultery died (2 Sm 12:18). Amnon followed in the footsteps of David, his father, by committing the sexual sin of raping his sister Tamar (2 Sm 13:14). Absalom, Tamar's brother, took vengeance on Amnon and murdered him (2 Sm 13:28-29). Years later, Absalom started a civil war against his father. In the final battle of the war, "the casualties there that day were heavy — twenty thousand men" (2 Sm 18:7), including Absalom. When David heard of Absalom's death, he "was shaken, and went up to the room over the city gate to weep. He said as he wept, 'My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you, Absalom, my son, my son!' " (2 Sm 19:1)

"The wages of sin is death" (Rm 6:23) — more sin, more deaths, still more sin, and thousands of deaths for generations. Resist temptations. Don't sin.

Prayer:  Father, raise us from the death of sin.

Promise:  "Daughter, it is your faith that has cured you. Go in peace and be free of this illness." —Mk 5:34

Praise:  Jesus healed Teresa of cancer.

Reference:  (For related teaching, order our leaflet, The Challenge of Making Disciples in a Culture of Death, or on audio AV 97-1 and AV 97-3 or on video V-97.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2017

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