By: An Anonymous Priest.
Watching the news this morning, I was fascinated to hear the story of Christine Weick – the woman who was thrown out of the National Cathedral in Washington DC. The Cathedral had been loaned to the local Muslim group to use during their Friday prayers. As the prayers began, Christine stood up, pointed at the large Cross, and proclaimed that “Jesus Christ is our Lord and saviour”. The Cathedral authorities, embarrassed by her behaviour, swiftly removed her. But yet she shouted it louder all the more.
This scenario is what is taking place in today’s Gospel:
“Now it happened that as he drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging. When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about, and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by. So he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’ The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied, ‘let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’ And instantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God.” – Luke 18:35-43
To call Jesus ‘Son of David’ is to recognise him as the rightful King. Notice how the crowd tell him to be quiet? How embarrassing; it might offend someone. Well, the truth is that Jesus Christ is the eternal, true and righteous King of all, and that includes the group of Muslims praying in Washington Cathedral. To deny this fact would be to deny the nature of Christ and his Kingship. Islam does not recognise Jesus as King, Christine Weick does. It was she however who was not welcome in the Cathedral yesterday.
To call Christ ‘King’ is an outward sign of faith. So much so that Jesus restores the sight of men. It is also the cry of martyrs, many of whom throughout history were martyred shouting ‘Vivat Christus Rex’ (long live Christ the King). Forever, Hosanna to the Son of David. Amen.