In Hebron, David is hailed as king by all the tribes of Israel. Jesus is anointed king on the wood of his cross, a sign of paradox, of defeat yet final victory. Through His cross we have passed from darkness into the kingdom of light.
Jesus teaches that His disciples will be persecuted as a necessury prelude to the Parousia. Through their perseverance, they will emerge victorious when the Lord comes again. As we await the Day, let us conscientously fulfill our Christian obligations.
In response to an attempt to ridicule his teaching about life after death, Jesus again proclaims a resurrection that life is indeed stronger than death itself. This is our eternal consolation and hope. Then will our joy be truly fulfilled.
The Lord is full of mercy and compassion, slow to anger and of great kindness. He has come to search out and save what was lost. Let us be more concerned with doing the Lord's work than with the idle speculation about when He will come again.
Humility is the recognition that no matter what our accomplishments, we still stand in need of the Lord. God hears the cry of the poor and the oppressed, especially those who acknowledge their dependency upon him. Having hear Pauls' cries for help, the Lord corwned him with eternal salvation.
Through incessant prayer we open ourselves more fully to understanding God's will. Through faith in the power of prayer, we experience God's love and assistance. Our Christian life is nourished by the scriptures we read and by our received tradition.
The Lord has revealed his saving power to all the nations! Naaman, a Syrian, is healed, and lepers are made whole, but only the Samaritan returns to give thanks. Let us remain steadfast in faith, and thankful for the Lord's blessings.
Faith is a gracious gift from God. It can neither be earned nor bought, only responded to with works of love and service. A vibrant faith can make us strong, loving and wise, confident that God will guard us from all harm. God is the rock of our salvation.
Amos condemns the complacency of the rich who seek only their own comfort. In his parable about the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus echoes Amos, exhorting those who have to share with those who have not. Self-sufficiency must never blind us to the needs of others. Only in this way do we keep God's commandments in integrity and in truth.