Right after telling Samuel not to judge by appearance, the first reading goes on to describe the marvelous appearance that David makes. But this is not the focus of the choice God makes. It is the appearance of David’s heart, something only God can judge. The gospel could give an appearance that Jesus did not care about Jewish Law. But that is not the correct appearance either. Sometimes we get too focused on our appearance, and we lose site of the appearance that really matters: our witness as disciples of Jesus.
One of the first workshops on education I attended emphasized the importance of beginnings and endings when it came to individual classes, and the semester. In today’s readings we hear about two people who begin a new life in God. Yet their lives end quite differently. Hear about the power of God’s grace.