In this Gospel we are reminded that the Messiah was to be a descendant of King David. We see from Matthew 1 that Jesus is indeed a descendant of David. Because he was to be a son of David, the Jews expected the Messiah to come as an earthy king and a great warrior like David. The Christ was to come and rescue the Jewish people from their oppression. In verse 37, Christ quotes Psalm 110 and points out that the Messiah is to be more than David his father, to rank higher than King David.
This opens us to the question of who Jesus is. Many of us, including the Jews of the New Testament, have a very limited idea of the Christ. One of the things that was thought was that the Messiah would come to save the Jewish people from the Romans. Jesus says at the Last Supper that his blood is being shed for many. This makes me think about who do people say Jesus is and who do I think Jesus is.
Secular America will say he was a great man, other religions may call him a great prophet. I call him King and Father. Jesus ranks higher than David because he existed before David, the Word was with God from the beginning. Jesus is king of all the universe and has a love for all people, not just Catholics, not just Christians. Jesus died on the cross for every single human being that has ever existed and will ever exist. Who Jesus is, is not dependent upon who anyone says he is.
By his grace we have received the knowledge that Jesus is the Christ as Peter did. Now, it is our responsibility to help others come to know him. Jesus is king of all the universe, my prayer is that we will spread his message throughout his entire world, not just stay with those who are of the same mind that we are. Instead, let us go to all of creation baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.