Thursday, April 29, 2010

Our Heritage: King David

Let’s turn to what may be an exciting part of the Acts of the Apostles, composed under the guidance of the Holy Spirit by St. Luke.  Surely the most well-known convert in the Catholic Church, St. Paul, has a few words that might help us strengthen our understanding of our early history.  What is interesting is how Luke remembers Paul’s speaking in a temple about the history of Jesus Christ, his pedigree, we might say.

Recall how we Americans have a penchant for knowing what people formed the minds and hearts of prominent people.  Our presidential campaigns often take up some time understanding which historical figures played a part in the reading history of a candidate.  Recently there was much focus on Abraham Lincoln as a figure that impacted the thinking and sentiments of the current POTUS (President of the United States.)  In the Church, many times historians carefully examine Papal encyclicals to learn which other Popes, saints, philosophers and theologians are cited or quoted within the document.

Daily we focus a short time on a psalm that serves as a response to the first reading of the liturgy.  As we know, King David is responsible for that book of the Old Testament.  So, Paul’s words about David are important in understanding Paul’s thinking and ultimately his conversion.  The following words from Paul’s temple reflection speak of God’s testimony about David.
"I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;

he will carry out my every wish."
From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,

has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.

While this posting is more historical, its purpose is for you, the reader, to go to Google or other histories to learn more about King David.  As Americans, we learn much about Honest Abe as well as George Washington and other prominent figures in American History.  As Catholics, as Christians, we should know much more about the prominent figures in our religious history.  So, if you have a few minutes, let your reflection today lead you to a read about King David.

Photo:  Ian Britton, FreeFoto. com