If anyone was betting money on the battle between David and Goliath, I’m sure Goliath would have come off with the better odds. I suppose you could compare the competition to the Premier League football champions playing some little-known local team. In everybody’s opinion, except his own, David didn’t stand a chance against the giant. And when people saw David with only a slingshot they were certain that all bets were off and the cause was hopeless.
In the readings of yesterday’s Mass we saw how God is different and how his values and ways are different from human values and approaches to life. In the battle between David and Goliath God doesn’t side with the strong and the powerful, but rather with the small and the weak. David was confident because he believed God was on his side.
The scriptures show that God has a preference for the poor and the defenceless. His attitude is that those who are so foolish as to rely on power and riches can fend for themselves. But God will take care of his own, provided of course, they turn to him for help.
One of the most important attitudes we should cultivate is humility. Humility recognises that everything we are and everything we have comes from God; and this humility in turn leads to a greater confidence and trust in God. With humility we can face the difficulties of life with the same confidence David had when he faced Goliath. We express this attitude every day at Mass before we receive Holy Communion when we repeat the words of the Roman centurion: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” God is always on the side of the humble and the lowly.