I Samuel 15:34-16:13
The Old Testament scripture lets us know that the youngest and unlikeliest child can be the one to do great things — not the first-born son as usually expected. Whenever stories like this have things like “seven sons” they make me think they are being used as a parable — and the other version of this story in the Old Testament has David being the seventh, not the 8th
son. The names of his brothers here all have grand meanings — but David’s name simply means “Beloved.”
Little things can add up. God can use small things and small acts to change lives. God can use a young shepherd boy to become a good king. God can use even you and me and this little 8th Day Faith Community to demonstrate the power of love and God, change lives, and bring about the Reign (or Kingdom) of God.
Mark’s gospel was written before the other three, and today’s reading is part of the parables about seeds recorded in that book, with the focus being the Reign of God.