Mark 12:35-37 NRSVue

35While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Messiah is the son of David? 36David himself, by the Holy Spirit, declared,

‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet.” ’

37“David himself calls him Lord, so how can he be his son?” And the large crowd was listening to him with delight.

Some thoughts on this scripture

Jesus is more than the son of David. The arguments throughout the gospel about the identity of Jesus may not help or nourish prayer too much. Suffice from this passage to express our faith in prayer that Jesus is Lord, the beloved son ‘in whom the Father was well pleased.' He is Son of God, human and divine. In his love and to him we pray.

We are often puzzled by what Jesus said and did. The people of his time found this too. Prayer is a time to bring the sayings of Jesus from head to heart. Prayer involves our entering into the mystery of God and accepting with humility that we do not everything is known to us!