Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church
1 In the spring of the year, the time when kings go forth to battle, David sent Jo’ab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. 2 It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking upon the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful. 3 And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is not this Bathshe’ba, the daughter of Eli’am, the wife of Uri’ah the Hittite?” 4 So David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. 5 And the woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am with child.” 6 So David sent word to Jo’ab, “Send me Uri’ah the Hittite.” And Jo’ab sent Uri’ah to David. 7 When Uri’ah came to him, David asked how Jo’ab was doing, and how the people fared, and how the war prospered. 8 Then David said to Uri’ah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” And Uri’ah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9 But Uri’ah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10 When they told David, “Uri’ah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uri’ah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?” 13 And David invited him, and he ate in his presence and drank, so that he made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house. 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Jo’ab, and sent it by the hand of Uri’ah. 15 In the letter he wrote, “Set Uri’ah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die.” 16 And as Jo’ab was besieging the city, he assigned Uri’ah to the place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 And the men of the city came out and fought with Jo’ab; and some of the servants of David among the people fell. Uri’ah the Hittite was slain also.
Reflection for the day: “I receive Thee, price of my redemption, viaticum of my pilgrimage, for whom I have fasted, prayed, taught, and labored. Never have I said a word against Thee. If I have, it was in ignorance, and I do not persist in my ignorance. I leave the correction of my work to the Holy Catholic Church, and in that obedience I pass from this life.” — St. Thomas Aquinas