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Catholic Activity: Jesse Tree, Day 14 — King David



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Symbols: Six-Pointed Star, Slingshot and 4 Stones, Harp, Crown, Key

Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand, anointed him in the midst of his brothers, and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David. (1 Sam 16:13)

David was the son of Jesse, the youngest of the eight brothers, and the grandson of Ruth and Boaz, of the tribe of Judah. David was the second and greatest king of Israel. He reigned forty years, and is held as the model of Jewish kingship.

The six-pointed star is the emblem of the Royal House of David even to this day. Christ, who is born of the House of David, can truly claim this emblem as His own.

The crown and scepter signify Christ's universal kingship. Christ is not only the King of the Jewish Nation but the "Desired One of all," the cornerstone which unites both Jew and Gentile. David is considered a type of the Messiah.


Recommended Scripture Readings:

  • 1 Samuel 11:1-17
  • 1 Samuel 17:12-51
  • 2 Samuel 5:3-4
  • 2 Samuel 12:1-7

Selections from The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

  • CCC 436-440 The Word "Christ"
  • CCC 487-498 Mary's Predestination
  • CCC 559-560 Jesus' messianic entrance into Jerusalem
  • CCC 695 Symbolism of Anointing with Oil
  • CCC 709-716 In the Kingdom and the Exile
  • CCC 1077-1083 The Father—Source and Goal of the Liturgy
  • CCC 1480-1484 The Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance
  • CCC 1736 Freedom and Responsibility
  • CCC 2538 The Disorder of Covetous Desires
  • CCC 2578-2580 David and the prayer of the king

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Activity Source: Original Text (JGM) by Jennifer Gregory Miller, © Copyright 2003-2023 by Jennifer Gregory Miller