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June 05, 2009

For Friday of the Ninth Ordinary Week of the Church Year

Mark 12:35-37

In the days of King Saul, David was the youngest son of a family of the tribe of Judah.
While David was still a mere shepherd boy, and King Saul was still alive, God chose David to be the next king of Israel.
God sent a prophet to anoint David, literally making the boy a MESSIAH, a “christ,” an ANOINTED man.
Scripture [1 Sam. 16:13] says: “the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.”
Today Christ says David was “inspired by the Holy Spirit.”
David became the mightiest warrior, defeating all the enemies of Israel.
When King Saul died, the tribe of Judah anointed David as king of Judah.
After defeating the other tribes, David received the third anointing of his life to become king of Israel’s twelve tribes.
He wrote psalms, and the tradition of Israel credits him for all the Psalms.
The Psalms became the national prayer book of Israel, the flesh and bones of worship in God’s Temple and the synagogues, on festivals and all other days, at all hours of the day.
Whenever Christ or anyone else in the New Testament quotes the prophecies of the Word of God, most often the prophecies come from the Psalms.
David God’s Choice, David Messiah, David Full of the Spirit, David Warrior, David King, David Author of Prayer, David Prophet!
How many men in history had the manifold greatness of David?
The crowd in the Gospel today is delighted to hear the Lord Jesus teach that the coming Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed King and Savior of Israel is to be a greater Messiah than David, and that David knew it by the Holy Spirit.
Today in the Gospel is about two days after Palm Sunday, when the crowd had welcomed the Lord Jesus as Messiah.
They have already seen him take command of the Temple by clearing out the buyers and sellers.
He has stood up to the nation’s chief priests and scribal lawyers.
Christ has raised high the messianic hopes of the many, and they are delighted to hear him.
Would he now bring to an end the Roman humiliation of God’s people?
Not yet.
Christ the King will conquer the political world only at the end of time.
He will do what King David can never do.
He will put an end to all suffering, all death, all ignorance, and all sin.
He will open fully the Kingdom of Heaven upon Earth, where God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit will be all in all the loyal faithful.
Without the crowd understanding, Christ today upholds that David’s words told of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Christ says the Holy Spirit inspired David.
The Trinitarian truth that is present in David’s words as Christ uses them can be spelled out thusly.
God the Father said to his Son my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I place your enemies under your feet.”

Christ “ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.” [Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed]
Baptized into the life and name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and confirmed by anointing for Eucharistic Communion in Christ, we have received the powers of Faith, Hope and Love for God.
We have more reason and more power than today’s Jerusalem crowd to take delight in hearing Christ.
For the sake of that delight, let us take hold of knowing our reasons and using our powers.

That God Be Glorified in All


Anonymous Brian said...

Very nice blog -
Fr. Stephanos, lovely monastery -
I am a yearly retreatant to St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, Mass.

God bless you!

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