Readings for Today
There is a power if one holds the key. There is of course, the obvious entry we can gain to a house, or a car, or a post office box. There is the ultimate symbolic gift a city gives — the key to the city. A key takes us places.
There is also the understanding that when something is key, it is critical, important, essential. In fact, that thing that is key is the very thing that is necessary, essential, the most important element to success. So what is the key of David? In short, if one has the key, there is the most important thing necessary. As a result, a key becomes a symbol of authority.
It is what we see when we encounter keys. There is the reference in Isaiah. There, in Isaiah 22:22, we see the promise of God will include a key when referring to the Messiah. In Revelation, the promise is repeated. And it is the keys to the kingdom of heaven that are given to Peter after his confession that Jesus is the Christ.
And so when we think of the key of David, we should think of the ultimate authority that belongs to God. Jesus has authority, and whenever we cooperate with the grace of God, we can share in that authority. This phrase also serves to remind us of something really important. We cannot act apart from the Church. It is not about just “Jesus and me”, but rather requires us to be attentive to the structures that Jesus gave us.