January 20.  Jonathan told David, “my father seeks to kill you.”  It is common knowledge and experience, also in families, that success doesn’t always lead to admiration from others, but can also lead to resentment, envy and jealousy.  St Paul recognised this in his reflections on love and Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia explains that envy is a form of sadness about another’s prosperity. It only shows concern for oneself and not the wellbeing of others. We should think about our attitudes and feelings. While feelings are neutral,  they are helpful to make us stop and reflect before we choose to act.”   Becoming an eco-friendly family:  Take some action for the protection of all life.

When David returned from slaying the Philistine the women came out singing and dancing. They sang, “Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands.” Saul was very angry and eyed David. He spoke to his son, Jonathan, that they should kill David, but Jonathan delighted in David and told him, “my father seeks to kill you.” 1 Samuel 18-19.   Pope Francis. Disregard for the duty to cultivate and maintain a proper relationship with my neighbour for whose care and custody I am responsible, ruins my relationship with my own self, with others, with God and with the earth.  When these are neglected, when justice no longer dwells in the land life itself is endangered.   LS70