David regretted having numbered the people, and said to the LORD: "I have sinned grievously in what I have done. But now, LORD, forgive the guilt of your servant, for I have been very foolish." (2 Samuel 24:10)
David conducts a census of his people, a prideful expression of his belief that he controls them. Only after he recognizes his sin and accepts God’s punishment does David realize the truth that the people belong to God, not him. They are his flock. David is merely their shepherd. He changes from being prideful to humble servant. This is a very important movement, a delicate balance between pride and humility, of the heart that cannot be ignored. The ability to recognize one's strength and value and to honestly admit one's limitations and failures help us grow in the Truth. Humility deals with the Truth that God is God and I am not, and pride associates with ego, acting as if I am God or that God has no effect on my life. Truth purifies self-glorification by reminding the ego of its incompleteness and insufficiency; life can only be fulfilled in God alone. As the Apostle Paul said, “We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13) Let us live as the people of hope and acknowledge that in prayers and through sacraments, the super abundant grace of God enables us to embrace the strengths and weaknesses of our live here and now.
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Wednesday, January 31 at 8:06AM