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Jesus – King in the line of David

November 21, 2019

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On the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C, the first reading is taken from the second book of Samuel, and it features King David. David was the greatest king in the history of Israel, and Jesus was of his royal lineage. When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus, Gabriel explained that “the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father” (Lk 1:32). The announcement fulfilled the promise God made to David before he died through his messenger, the prophet Nathan: “I will raise up your offspring after you … and I will establish his kingdom … I will establish his royal throne forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me … your throne shall be firmly established forever” (2 Sm 7:12,13,14,16). While Jesus was given the throne of David, their kingships could not be more different.

David’s father was Jesse; Jesus’ father is God.

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David came from Bethlehem; Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Bethlehem is the house of bread; Jesus is the Bread of life.

David had seven brothers; Jesus had twelve apostles.

David was ruddy, handsome, and making a splendid appearance physically;
Jesus was immaculate, free of all sin, white as snow, interiorly.

David was a shepherd boy; Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

David was anointed king by the prophet Samuel;
Jesus’ kingship was conferred upon him by his heavenly Father.

David was anointed with oil; Jesus was baptized with water.

The spirit of the Lord rushed upon David; the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus.

David conquered Goliath; Jesus conquered Satan.

David became widely known because of his prowess as a warrior;
Jesus became widely known because he healed the sick and raised the dead.

David led the army of Israel against the Philistines; Jesus taught love of enemy.

David led thousands of troops; Jesus leads legions of angels.

David armed himself with the sword of Goliath; Jesus armed himself with the Word of God.

David gave the Israelites freedom from the Philistines;
Jesus gives people freedom from their sins.

David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem;
Jesus established the New Covenant with the blood he shed on the Cross.

David sang songs of praise to God;
Jesus receives songs of praise from the angels and saints in heaven,
as well as all of the peoples of the earth.

David has multiple wives, Ahinoam, Abigail, Eglah, Bathsheba, and concubines, too;
Jesus is espoused to his Church, and he has a chaste love for everyone.

David sinned grievously; Jesus was tempted but never sinned.

David was the king of the Israelites; Jesus is king of all people everywhere.

David’s kingdom encompassed a large geographic region from Dan to Beersheba;
Jesus’s kingdom encompasses not only the earth, but the entire universe.

David is the greatest king in the history of Israel;
Jesus is the King of kings.

David reigned from his throne in his palace in Jerusalem;
Jesus reigns from his throne in heaven, the New Jerusalem.

David’s throne was surrounded by attendants;
Jesus’ throne is surrounded by the angels and saints.

David ruled for forty years; Jesus reigns for all eternity.

 

 

 

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My personal relationship with “Him”

March 11, 2014

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It's possible to have a personal-sized Jesus. Do Catholics have a personal relationship with him?

It’s possible to have a personal-sized Jesus statue but do Catholics have a personal relationship with him? How is it different from other relationships in our lives?

I’ve never had so many relationships. Friendly corporations and nonprofits want to get to know me and reward me for liking them back. I have digital friendships with social media contacts I’ve never seen except for their profile picture. And I have close working relationships with the digital devices in my life.

In the movie “Her,” set in the not-so-hard-to-imagine future, a man falls deeply in love with his phone’s operating system. We think it’s a little weird but understandable.

It seems to me that we’ve expanded the definition of relationship for the digital age. But no one would ever say a digital friendship is the same as a personal relationship.

Before they tell you a lot about themselves or even where they go to church, some Protestants reveal that they have a personal relationship with Christ and they want to know if you have one, too.

Catholic personal relationship?

I think Catholics sometimes hesitate at this question because it’s not how we’re used to talking about our faith. Do you wonder if these Protestant friends have something you don’t?

As a practicing Catholic, I know I have a personal relationship with Christ because the Bible and the Church assure me that I do.

The word “relationship” doesn’t appear in my Bible concordance, so I looked up “friendship.” Jesus tells us we are his friends in John 15:15:
“…I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.”

The Catechism makes it clear that a friendship or a personal relationship is what we’re called to:

The universe, created in and by the eternal Word, “the image of the invisible God” is destined for and addressed to man, himself created in the “image of God” and called to a personal relationship with God. (CCC299)

Called to relationship

The Lord is calling us to have a personal relationship with him that’s more than emotional. We know Him through prayer but we also come to know him profoundly through the gifts He’s given us in the sacraments. The Catechism states:

Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. He is present in the Sacrifice of the Mass not only in the person of his minister, ‘the same now offering, through the ministry of priests, who formerly offered himself on the cross,’ but especially in the Eucharistic species. By his power he is present in the sacraments so that when anybody baptizes, it is really Christ himself who baptizes. He is present in his word since it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church. Lastly, he is present when the Church prays and sings, for he has promised ‘where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them.” (CCC1088)

There’s nothing virtual about a personal relationship with Christ. The Lord is personally present in the sacraments and in his Word. According to Father Dwight Longenecker our relationship with him is really more like a marriage—we have to work at it.  “That relationship is made solid and real and substantial by day by day commitment to prayer, the sacraments and the works of mercy.”

I like my phone but we will never have that kind of friendship. As I continue to get to know the person of Jesus Christ, I look forward to going deeper our personal relationship.

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