Friends, God cares for the world in a way that confounds us. He is faithful to his promises, but they often don’t arrive as we expect them to. We see this in the readings today as God’s promise to David that his throne would last forever is fulfilled five hundred years later in Jesus. In Jesus and the Church—the true, promised house of David—we find our safety and our peace. And in the fulfillment of his promises, we see that the providential God is the Lord of history.