Fr Hugh’s Homily for Fourth Sunday of Advent
One of the worst scenes in a film ever, is in the film ‘David’ where Richard Gere (of Pretty Woman fame), in a loin cloth, is dancing as King David in front of the ark of the Lord as it enters Jerusalem. If Richard felt humbled by the critics’ response then he got it right as that was exactly what King David was going for in real life. King David succeeded so well that his wife Michal scolded him for embarrassing her in front of everyone by his dancing, (not the first husband nor the last to be told this), for which he promptly told her he would no longer need her as a wife, (not the usual response today fortunately). As the Bible says, she had no children from then on. King David was not good at humility, (known for pinching his general’s wife, Bathsheba, and then getting the general conveniently bumped off). But when it came to God, and when God reminded him, he invariably did get it right. Perhaps this makes David one of the most human of the Old Testament characters. Today he is nicely ensconced in his new home, and, perhaps not even meaning to be condescending, he says to God, ‘Let me build you a nice home too, like mine.’ God, through the Prophet Nathan, promptly reminds David that he used to be just a small town shepherd boy and it was God who got him to where he is today. Even so, God loves David and has plans for his future. A future which involves God’s own Son, Jesus….
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