WEDNESDAY, October 21

Matthew 12:1-14. He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests.”

If game show television is any indication, we do love our trivia. We collect and display arcane information like a trophy, priding ourselves on how much we know.

And yet, in the frenzy to gather trivial facts to show our intellectual prowess, we miss the most important fact of all: that facts and truth are not the same thing. It is a fact, for example, that David and his men performed an illegal act–given the laws of the times–when they ate consecrated bread. The truth, on the other hand, is that God would prefer broken laws to the starvation of God’s beloved.
The amassing of facts–trivial or otherwise–may be an impressive trophy in the human world, but facts should not be confused with the truth of God’s all-encompassing grace. A fact in my possession is a small thing. It might save me some time or some money; it might help me save face. But the truth is something else. The truth is immense. The truth saves my life.

PRAY for the Diocese of Tirunelveli (South India)

Ps 38 * 119:25-48; Lamentations 2:8-15; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58

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