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LOCAL DIOCESAN NEWS

Day of Prayer

The Marian Servants of the Eucharist are sponsoring a day of prayer, “Be Healed 2022,” Saturday, March 21, from 8:30 to 3:30 PM at St. George Catholic Church, 7808 St, George Drive in Baton Rouge. Father Paul Yi will celebrate the Mass, and representatives of the Marian Servants from St. Augustine, Florida will help lead activities throughout the day. Visit www.marianservants.com/donate

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Planned Giving

Are You Prepared for Tax Time?

Tax season is here. If you haven’t done so already, it is time to gather paperwork and file your 2019 taxes. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you prepare for your tax appointment and ensure you get the most out of your giving.

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And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website: http://officeofstewardship.planmylegacy.org

Blame and Responsibility

Only four women are specifically listed in the genealogy of Jesus found in the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. One, the mother of Solomon, is not even mentioned by name—referred to simply as the “wife of Uriah.” Those familiar with the story know the name Bathsheba, the young woman whose husband Uriah was an officer in King David’s army. With his soldiers at war, David remained behind and witnessed Bathsheba bathing on a nearby rooftop. Lusting after her, he arranged to have Uriah killed in battle. Tragically, before Solomon’s birth, Bathsheba lost the child that was the initial product of the king’s illicit actions.

At least one of the king’s advisors was horrified by the ruler’s sinful behavior. The Lord sent this man Nathan to David to challenge him, a task he performed shrewdly and directly. He told the king a parable in which a rich man took advantage of one less fortunate, stealing from him something of great value. As if it were true, David was incensed by the tale, offering to intervene and pursue justice personally. As the author of Second Samuel wrote, Nathan boldly proclaimed, “You are the man! Why have you spurned the Lord and done evil in his sight? You have cut down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and you took his wife as your own.” Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

For us, there are several lessons in this unforgettable narrative. First, we are reminded that God is not mocked. We reap what we sow. David’s lofty position did not exclude him from accountability. He was to blame for the dishonor that befell his kingdom—guilty of deception, guilty of adultery, and guilty of murder. We read from Second Samuel that the nature of responsibility is clear. The king understood this, as well. “I have sinned against God.” No excuses, and a second lesson.

In addition, we see in Nathan the presence of real courage. God called him to confront the king, and he did not shirk from that responsibility, making public the king’s private sin and securing his admission. Lastly, we realize heinous sin can yield rotten fruit remaining long after the sin has been forgiven. God forgave David, but his kingdom was forever weakened by his conniving acts, and his family and the nation paid great penalties. Assigning blame—even accepting responsibility—may not fully resolve problems for which God has extended forgiveness, a lesson we should never forget.

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