Friday, May 24, 2024

Jesus emphasizes the divinity of the Messiah, indicating that David himself called him 'Lord'

Jesus emphasizes the divinity of the Messiah, indicating that David himself called him 'Lord'
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Francesc Badia
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Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel text
Mk 12:35-37
"David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said: The Lord said to my lord, 'Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies under your feet.' David himself calls him 'lord'; so how is he his son?"
Gospel's Commentary
Today Jesus is remembering some prophetic words that King David had said 1,000 years before. The scene is very solemn: Jesus Christ applies to himself the title of "Son of David". The Jews knew that the Savior would be a descendant of David. But in Jesus there is much more: He is, above all, the Son of God, who is eternally with the Father. —It is true that St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary were descending from David. But Mary is "the Virgin" because the One who begot Jesus in her womb was the Holy Spirit. And, because He comes from the Father, Jesus is the "true David" who can lead us to heaven. Such are the ways of God!

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