He is Seated!

Psalm 110:1
The Lord says to my lord:
“Sit at My right hand,
till I make your enemies your footstool.”

To be seated is to be in repose.  Not asleep.  Not watching TV.  Not “doing nothing.”  But secure in one’s dominion.  In antiquity, judges were seated.  So were monarchs when they were enthroned.  To say that Jesus is “seated” is to say He now reigns.  To be sure, there is still work to be done.  But it is in the nature of “mop up,” not in the nature of “deciding the battle.”  The worst thing that could ever have happened in the universe has already happened – and God has turned it into the best thing.  God has already been killed.  Compared with that, everything is pretty small beer.  But the death of God on the Cross has led to the life of the world.  Jesus has entered on His reign.  He is enthroned as King.  Now.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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    Mark, that was well said. A very good reflection. Thank you.