Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Man With a Pure Heart

Jonathan is a gem of a person who needs to be rediscovered for our times. He was the son of the King. If he had harboured thoughts of becoming the next king, no one would have blamed him. Thus, David’s popularity should have been all the more threatening to Jonathan’s own future than to the present of his dad, Saul. But we find Jonathan delighting in the victory of David, recognizing the evil in his father’s heart, and defending David before Saul. There is no envy, no jealousy, no selfishness; Only pure love, friendship, and delightful justice and fairness. If Jesus were to meet him on earth, he would have said – as he observed when he saw Nathanael: “Here is a true human being in whom there is no malice.” Blessed are the pure of heart, for in them we shall see God.


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