This weekend’s first reading contains a sliver of insight on the relationship of a people to their king:
All the tribes of Israel came to David in Hebron and said: “Here we are, your bone and your flesh.
I was struck by the tribes’ self-identification, which echoes Adam’s declaration of Eve in Genesis 2:23 as “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh.”
Jesus Christ as King must have something also of this echo. That well-worn metaphor of bride and groom imaging the Church and Christ comes to mind. It suggests that Jesus, the ideal King, is more than a political ruler. The relationship is intimate, that of family, and implies a far deeper reality than a monarch on the judgment throne.