Last updated on December 26, 2020
For the final Sunday of Advent David and Gabriel are showcased in God’s plan to bring His only Begotten Son into the world.
In the second book of Samuel, God interrupts David’s desire to build a beautiful house for the Lord. He tells David, via Nathan, how he has been building David a house by choosing him and protecting him. He will bring forth from his offspring a son whose kingdom will endure forever: Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever. (2 Samuel 7:16)
From the moment God called David away from a shepherd’s life, He’s been building the lineage of his only begotten Son.
Today, the Church brings Israel’s greatest king into the light of the Annunciation.
“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom, there will be no end.” (Luke 1:31-33)
The debate over Christ’s kingship and kingdom displayed in the drama of Pontius Pilate and the Jews is senseless.
It is drowned in the river of Salvation which flowed from David, announced by Gabriel, conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb, then born in Bethlehem.
What is the evidence of the newborn king’s authority?
When John the Baptist sent his followers to ask Jesus if he is the awaited Messiah, He answered,
“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead raised, the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.” (Luke 7: 20b, 22-23)
This child, Emmanuel, our king is everything we long for. With hearts wide open to receive him, we can look to a beautiful and radiant horizon where he calls us to eternal happiness. Here in the nitty-gritty, He will come when we call him. And nothing will separate us from the joy of loving and serving Him.