- 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 and Mark 4:35-41 Stories of Crisis (Hoffacker)
The First Samuel reading tells us of David and Goliath. Let's consider the story from the perspective of the soldiers of Saul before David vanquishes his opponent. We know how the story will turn out, but they do not.
- 1 Samuel 17:32-49 Set People Free from Fear (Hoffacker)
There are many Goliaths abroad in our land––diverse Goliaths––institutions, corporations, organizations, movements, popular attitudes, persistent prejudices. What all of them have in common is that they endeavor to defy the living God.
- 1 Samuel 17:32-49 David vs. Goliath (Wagner)
We all love stories when the little guy overpowers the big guy. For most of our lives we feel small in comparison to government, large corporations and systems which seem to dominate us.
- 1 Samuel 17:32-49 Just a Little Bit (Wagner)
All of us face obstacles, and life can become overwhelming. Pursuing a career, raising a family, paying the bills, or health problems are tremendous obstacles to overcome. David faced the giant, Goliath.
- Mark 4:35-41 and 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 Stories of Crisis (Hoffacker)
All Jesus says to his companions are two short questions: "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?" These questions are not addressed only to the disciples on the boat. They are directed to us as well. "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?"