As Jesus, speaking to the apostles, predicts His coming sufferings and death, the apostles, as yet blind to the deeper things of the Spirit, are unable to understand. Later, as they approach Jericho, a blind man cries out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me." Jesus, seeing his faith, restores his sight. There may have been a lesson in this for His apostles, as well as for us - those who acknowledge Jesus as "Son of David" will not be blind to the things of God, and will be able to claim God as their Father.
What does it mean to call Jesus "Son of David"? Just as God had made a covenant with the patriarchs Noah and Abraham, and at Sinai through Moses, renewing it in each generation, so did He make a covenant with King David, promising him through the prophet Nathan: "…I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons…and I will establish his throne forever" (1Chron.17:11b,12b). The genealogies in the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke show how this descent is traced. In both cases it is the genealogy of St. Joseph that is shown, but since St. Joseph is the legal father of Jesus, Jesus is legally of Davidic descent through St. Joseph. But Mary is also descended from David, as St. Paul infers when he says that God's Son was born to Him "according to the flesh of the offspring of David" (Rom.1:3). It is also implied in the words of the Angel Gabriel to Mary, "He (Jesus) shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end" (Lk1:32,33). Jesus is therefore the heir to the throne of David, the King of Israel, true Messiah and Lord.
It is the right and duty of the Holy Catholic Church to guard and defend the doctrines of the faith, which have been defined by the Church and handed down from one generation to the next. In our time, however, the Church is suffering under a vicious and relentless attack by her enemies, being accused of anti-Semitism, and being pressured to deny that Jesus is the true heir to the throne of David, the one Messiah and Mediator between God and humanity. If the Church is to remain faithful to her mandate to teach all nations, she must uphold the truth, even if this means persecution and martyrdom. True to form, the conciliar church under the leadership of John Paul II, in a vain attempt to placate those who wish to destroy the Catholic Church, has yielded to this pressure and confirmed itself in apostasy from the true faith.
What is being taught now is that the Old Covenant is still in effect, and stands with the New Covenant as an alternate way of salvation. The Jews may rightfully wait for another Messiah, who will not be Jesus Christ. Contrary to this, the words of the prophet Jeremiah (Jer.31:31), quoted in the Epistle to the Hebrews, attest to the coming of a new covenant and the passing away of the old: "Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Juda, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them forth out of the land of Egypt; for they did not abide by my covenant…'" (Heb.8:8,9). "Now in saying 'a new covenant,' the author of Hebrews adds, "he has made obsolete the former one…" (Heb.8:13).
Adherents of the "Novus Ordo" church appear to be going down without a fight, if we can judge from the remarks of the conservative Catholic writer and commentator, Michael Novak, who wrote last year in an article in the National Review. Said Novak: "As John Paul II has made clear, however, the Jewish Testament remains valid; God can no more become unfaithful to His covenant with the Jews than He can to His covenant with Christians."
This is the new doctrine, never before taught by the Catholic Church, and not found in the Gospels or other New Testament writings. Far from being unfaithful to His covenant with the Jews, God fulfilled His Old Testament promises by sending His Divine Son, Jesus Christ. All who wish to be saved must hear Him and obey Him. The very purpose of the Old Covenant was to prepare the way for Him. "Behold we are going up to Jerusalem," says Jesus in today's Gospel, "and all things that have been written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished" (Lk.18:31). The Old Covenant cannot stand on its own as a separate covenant because its purpose has been fulfilled. The Jewish religion as it exists today has no foundation or validity.
Novak also said, "Christians must understand and accept Jewish faith, in order to accept Christian faith." This is absolute nonsense. Christians and Jews understand the Old Testament writings differently. Christians see them as referring to Jesus Christ and finding their fulfillment in Him. Jews see them as referring to themselves, and still await a Messiah. Authentic faith is a gift of God, and is given to those who believe the word of His Divine Son. Jews may have their beliefs, but they do not have the theological virtue of faith, which is given at baptism. Their religion is diverging still further from that of their ancestors, because they are beginning to see what they call the "Holocaust" as an integral part of their religious patrimony.
While millions of Catholics will go along with the new doctrine and end up in a state of apostasy, it remains for those who still believe and love the Catholic Church, to protest vehemently, and to rush to the defense of the true faith, and of Jesus Christ, our beloved Lord and Savior.
"Dear children," says St. John in his first Epistle, "it is the last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have arisen; whence we know that it is the last hour. They have gone forth from us, but they were not of us. For if they had been of us, they would surely have continued with us; but they were to be made manifest, that not one of them is of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One and you know all things. I have not written to you as to those who do not know the truth, but as to those who know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is the Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. No one who disowns the Son has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also. As for you, let that which you have heard from the beginning abide in you. If that abides in you which you have heard from the beginning, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father" (1 John 2:18-24). †