Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Book of Tobit 11:5-17, Psalm 146:2, 7-10, & Mark 12:35-37
When the people of Israel finally settled in the Promised Land, they wanted a king who would unite and rule them like all the other nations of that time. They wanted a ruler that would establish peace and justice. World leaders like that are needed in today’s world as well.
Their first king, Saul, failed to establish a dynasty. However, when David was anointed king, God established a covenant with him and promised that his dynasty would last forever. For the Jews, the most common title for the Messiah (or the Christ or the Anointed One) was the “Son of David.” The Jews looked forward to the long-expected Savior who would come from the line of David. In the Gospel narrative of Saints Mark and Matthew, Jesus is often addressed with this title, especially by the crowds, to them, He was the “Son of David.”
Why then did Jesus question the Jews on the claim that their Messiah would be the Son of David? He wanted to make those who heard His teaching, preaching, and healing, understand that the Messiah is more than the Son of David. He did so in dramatic fashion by quoting Psalm 110. So, how can the son be the lord of his father? Jesus took upon Himself our human nature for our sake. He is not only the Son of David; He is first and foremost the Son of God eternally begotten of the Father. Therefore, the Messiah who God promised to send would not only come from David’s line but would be greater than any earthly ruler who came before or would ever come.
The Lord Jesus claimed sovereignty that only God could claim. His sovereignty extends not only to the ends of the earth but to the heavens as well. Our Lord came to rule hearts and minds, not lands and property. He came to free people from the worst tyranny possible, the slavery of sin, and the power of Satan.
Question of the Day: Will you invite Jesus to be the King of your heart, master of your home, your thoughts, your relationships, and everything you do?
Prayer: “Praise the Lord, my soul!” (Psalm 146)