Fourth Sunday in Lent, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Once David is anointed with oil by Samuel, the Spirit of the Lord comes upon him and he is empowered to speak for God as Israel’s king. The Hebrew word for one who is anointed as king or spokes person for God is “messiah.” The Greek word for the same title is “Christos.” This story connects to the baptismal themes of Lent by reflecting the baptismal rite of anointing the newly baptized person with oil. “You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever.” [Book of Common Prayer, p. 308.] The Christian is given the gift of enlightenment through the Holy Spirit.