|"Anger, Envy and Fear" by George Romney;|
Yale Center for British Art, Yale Art Gallery Collection
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. Richardson Dilworth, B.A. 1938
And then came Jonathan the Exorcist. Actually, Jonathan the son of Saul and friend of David. Next thing you know, David is back in the King's household, playing the lyre.
How did he do it? Did Jonathan just effect a natural sort of reconciliation, being--as he was--dear to both parties? There seems to be something very much more at play, and I think it could be helpful to anyone suffering the onslaughts of the capital sin of envy in its varied manifestations. Because in one way or another, envy and jealousy tend to keep their victims on a very short leash, like a dog tied to a post. The worn circle in the grass consists of thoughts, analyses, desires, fears, all bound up with me and the object of my--let's call it what it is--lust (no matter that it may not be sensual at all). That's certainly been me, it may have been you, and it sure seems to have been Saul.
What Jonathan did was introduce a completely new and unexpected element: the transcendent. Suddenly, it wasn't about Saul and David; it wasn't about the kingship. It wasn't even about a strictly human series of events. It was "the Lord who brought about a great victory for Israel." God acting on behalf of the whole people. Able to see things from a broader perspective, Saul was pulled from the whirlpool of his own self-focused preoccupation. For now, the demon was gone and Saul was free.
This tells me that there is a healing power in faith itself. Faith makes the transcendent present and effective in a situation that can be humanly unworkable.
What does this suggest about the New Evangelization?