Mark tells us that Jesus is both David’s son and Lord. Jesus was a descendant of David through Joseph, his foster father. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, David proclaimed that his future heir would be the Messiah, the Son of God and his Lord.
When Christ asked the crowd how was it that the son of David is the Messiah, Jesus was trying to show them that the coming Messiah was more than a political leader. The Jews at that time were waiting for a Messiah who would make Israel dominant. Christ pointed out that the Messiah would come to establish the Kingdom of God where he will sit at the right hand of the Father.
Jesus wanted the Jews to know, especially those who questioned his identity, to have faith in him. Even today, many of us have little faith in him. How well do we know Christ? It will be difficult to believe and trust Christ when you do not know him very well. Thus, it is important that we put an effort to know him by reading the bible and listening to the Liturgy of the Word in the Eucharistic celebration. By doing so, it will be easy for us to follow him closer and love him deeper. As we hear the word of Christ, let us receive him with open minds and hearts the way the crowd listened intently to him.
How well do we know Jesus? Can we defend our faith and be effective bearers of Christ’s good news to others by the way we live?