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Pope St. Fabian
St. Sebastian

1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10
Mark 3:1-6

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"You cannot..." —1 Samuel 17:33

King Saul told David: "You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight with him, for you are only a youth" (1 Sm 17:33). However, David didn't listen to people's opinions. He listened to God, and with God, did what was thought impossible (Mt 19:26).

Years later, when trying to capture the formidable Jebusite fortress at Jerusalem, "David was told, 'You cannot enter here: the blind and the lame will drive you away' " (2 Sm 5:6). This was something like telling David he couldn't punch his way out of a wet paper bag. However, David didn't listen to people. He listened to God, and with God, did what was thought impossible.

Scripture and Church history are full of people who by faith accomplished marvels that they were told they couldn't. However, they didn't listen to people. They listened to God, and with God, did what was thought impossible.

Many giants are considered beyond challenge. Don't listen to them. Listen to God, for the battle belongs to the Lord (1 Sm 17:47). Where are the giants in your life: The pro-choice culture of death? Family and relationship problems? Renewing your parish? Overcoming compulsions and addictions? Having more children? Don't listen to people; listen to God. "For God all things are possible" (Mt 19:26). Be certain that you are doing only what the Lord is calling you to do, and not jumping out ahead of Him (see Nm 14:39-45). Once you are certain He is calling you to battle, be not afraid. Be steadfast and firm (Eph 6:11, 14). You are more than a conqueror in Jesus (Rm 8:37; 1 Jn 5:5).

Prayer:  Father, may I be like a child and boast: "My Daddy is bigger than your daddy." Abba, You can do all things (Mk 14:36).

Promise:  "Go! The Lord will be with you." —1 Sm 17:37

Praise:  Pope St. Fabian sent St. Dionysius and others into Gaul in the third century. He was the first to be chosen to give his life as a martyr during a new wave of Roman persecution.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 4, 2009

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