Nov. 21, 2010 –Solemnity of Christ the King
What image pops in your mind when you think of a king? Is it an image of a man wearing a crown, dressed in robes trimmed with fur? Or is it the image of a Roman emperor? Maybe you have a mental image of a particular individual, Henry VIII, perhaps.
In 2 Samuel 5, we read how the Israelites from the northern tribes, after the death of Saul’s son Ishbosheth, came to David to ask him to be their king. David was already recognized as king of his own tribe, the southern tribe of Judah, and they all needed his military leadership against the Philistines, who threatened to conquer them.
But the sort of leader they wanted went beyond a simple commander in war. They said the Lord had promised he’d also be a shepherd over God’s people. A shepherd does more than protect his flock of sheep from wolves and other wild animals. He also leads them to pastures to feed and to streams where their thirst can be quenched. A shepherd takes care of almost every aspect of the flock’s life.