Thursday of Week 2 – 1 Sam 18:6-9,19,19:1-7; Ps 55:2-3,9-14; Mark 3:7-12
Rather than trying to find reasons for jealousy, it’s worth focusing on what is most beautiful in this story. The friendship of Jonathan and David, despite everything. The former already knew he would not be the heir to the throne. Despite this, he intercedes for someone who in human terms will take the throne from him.
It’s not just physical illness that needs healing. It’s also relationships with neighbours. Friendship, fellowship, and above all, family. When we are looking out for ourselves, we fight for the first place, we look with anxiety at those who are more capable, we perceive others as a threat – in all these situations we need a healing touch, freedom from the evil spirit of jealousy, filling our hearts with love that “does not insist on its own way.”