Snacking on the Word: 2 Samuel 5:1

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.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Snacking on the Word: 2 Samuel 5:1

  1. Liam says:

    Which is no surprise because kingship in pre-modern cultures has normally been considered to be the ultimate form of paternity.

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