Psalm 72: 1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
“All kings shall pay him homage,
all nations shall serve him.”
Our psalmist speaks about a
perfect king – a king who judges
like God, governs his people with
justice, his oppressed with right
judgment. But where is such a king
to be found? Not likely among the
kings of Israel.
The psalm speaks of a king that is
to live as long as the sun endures,
like the moon through all generations.
So there is a mystery about him –
“He rules from sea to sea, from the
river to the ends of the earth.”
The verses of the psalm recall for us
the Epiphany – “The Kings of Tarshish
and the Isles shall offer gifts; the kings
of Arabia and Seba shall bring tribute.”
[as in today's Gospel].
The more we read the Psalm, the more
it tells us about the Messiah to come –
“May all kings bow before him, all nations
We see the light, just as the prophet
Isaiah said we would in our 1st reading.
The mystery is revealed to us, poor in
spirit though we are: “He rescues the poor
when they cry out, the afflicted who
have no one to help.” This is what our
Good Shepherd, Jesus, is sent to do,
to shepherd God’s people. This is why
we join the magi in paying homage
to our newborn King and join with our
psalmist in singing, "Blessed be the Lord;
Blessed be His glorious name."
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist describes a powerful king who
will rule from sea to sea. Yet this king stoops
to rescue the afflicted and has pity on the lowly
and the poor. In what way do these verses speak
to you about the coming of our Savior?
2. The psalm mentions that all the kings of the
civilized world shall offer gifts to this newly endowed
king. Are you also inspired to bring tribute to our
newborn Savior, and what sort of gift will you offer?