STOP AND LISTEN


While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, ‘How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.’ David himself calls him Lord; so how can he be his son?’ And the large crowd was listening to him with delight (ἡδέως).” (Mk 12: 35-37)

There is so much going on right now, with pre-Christmas preparations and end-of-the-year hustle and bustle, that I woke up this morning with my head full with a To Do List. It was hard to focus in prayer, after which I somewhat reluctantly opened my little Gospel-book, to do a bit of reading. And I came across the passage cited above, in which the Son of David calls me, in the subtle form of a question, to recognize His true Identity. As Jesus so humbly reveals Himself here as Lord, the crowd listens to His words “with delight.”

Today I thank Him for His subtle, never pushy reminders of His lordship in my often-chaotic life. Let me let Him in today, as Lord of everything that happens to be going on in my day. Let me stop and listen “with delight” to my Lord’s humble voice, reminding me that He is the One in control, putting His enemies “under His feet,” not me. Glory be to Him, Who is quietly born in Bethlehem, to walk among us in meekness and humility.

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