1. He is GOD, Second Person of the Divine Trinity, Supreme Lord over all that exists, invisible and visible.
2. He is CREATOR and SUSTAINER of all creation, especially mankind, created in his image and likeness (Gen 1:26), which belongs to him, and whose last end is meant to be eternal life with him; mankind owes him fidelity, obedience and homage, in both spiritual (‘religion’, ‘temple’, ‘church’) and temporal domains (civil, secular, ‘city’, ‘state’, ‘nation’, ‘international community’).
3. He is REDEEMER — ‘the Way, Truth and Life’ (John 14:6), ‘Light of the World’ (John 8:12); there is no other!; he restored man from his fallen state to being ‘children of God’, opening the way to eternal life for him.
4. He, ‘FIRST-BORN’ of the Father, is INHERITOR and HEAD of All Creation, and is Prophet, Sovereign Priest and Universal King over mankind’s spiritual and temporal domains.
5. He is LOVE, Infinite, Everlasting, Faithful, Sustaining, Merciful Love; mankind’s spiritual (‘religion’, ‘temple’, ‘church’) and temporal domains (civil, secular, ‘city’, ‘state’, ‘nation’, ‘international community’) owe him faithful LOVE in return.
6. He is a FAITHFUL God who keeps his PROMISES to individuals, families, societies, peoples, states and nations, for loving fidelity to his Commandments and Covenants, in both the spiritual and the temporal domains, and bestows blessings of peace and prosperity in this life and eternal felicity in the next.
These are the fundamental principles for right governance in his Spirit in the temporal (civil, secular …) order for authentic representatives of Jesus Christ, Universal King, ‘Lord of lords and King of kings. (‘Quas Primas’ 1925, #14)
These are the fundamental principles for right governance in his Spirit in the spiritual (‘religious’…) order for the authentic representatives of Jesus Christ, Sovereign Priest, his One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. (Lumen Gentium #19-21).
Sovereignty belongs to God.(3) Governments in both the spiritual and the temporal orders have the duty to love, obey, serve and render homage to God, He who created and sustains us; and according to his will; and to teach, uphold and implement the TRUTH; and to bring about peace, happiness and prosperity (‘common good’) in this world; and, through holy civil institutions that uphold the TRUTH, to raise up souls to Eternal Life; and for the spiritual and the temporal orders to collaborate with each other; and to work for the kingdom of God on earth, and for the coming of the New Jerusalem.
From among about a dozen different translations of this Psalm, the one give here is considered the best.
1. The Lord (Yahweh) says to my Lord (the Messiah), “Sit at my right hand till I make your foes your footstool.”
2. From Zion the Lord will extend your mighty sceptre and you will rule in the midst of your enemies.
3. Yours is royal dignity from the day you were born in holy majesty. From the womb of the dawn, like dew, I have begotten you.
4. The Lord has sworn, and he will not take back his word: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”
5. The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kingdoms on his day of wrath.
6. He will judge the nations, heaping up corpses, crushing the rulers of the earth.
7. Pausing for a drink by the wayside, he will lift up his head in triumph.
‘#383. The Catholic Church proclaims that Christ, the conqueror of death, reigns over the universe that he himself has redeemed. His kingdom includes even the present times and will only end when everything is handed over to the Father and human history is brought to completion in the final judgment (c.f., 1 Cor 15:20-28).’(3)
‘#378. … David is the recipient of the promise (cf. 2 Sam 7:13-16; Ps 89:2-38,132:11-18) … the “messianic” tradition … culminates in Jesus Christ. … The failure of kingship on the historical level does not lead to the disappearance of the ideal of a king who, in fidelity to Yahweh, will govern with wisdom and act in justice. This hope reappears time and again in the Psalms (cf. Ps 2, 18, 20, 21, 72). In the messianic oracles, the figure of a king endowed with the Lord’s Spirit, full of wisdom and capable of rendering justice to the poor, is awaited in eschatological times (cf. Is 11:2-5; Jer 23:5-6).’(3)
‘The eventual accomplishment of God’s covenant oath, and future outlook of the Davidic dynasty are both shrouded in the mysteries wrapped within the figurative language of the prophets, which points to a future eschatological fulfilment (Is 9:6-7; 37:35; 55:3; Jer 23:5; 33:15-26; Ezek 34:23-45; 37:24-27; Amos 9:11; Zech 3:1-10; 6:9-15; 12:1-13:1). The manner of fulfilment represents the basic message of the New Testament, especially Luke-Acts and the Epistle to the Hebrews.’(5)
The book of Revelation is basically about the King-Messiah’s glorious return, solemn enthronement and future reign over God’s people in fulfilment of the promise made to David(6) (2 Sam 7:4-16; Psalms 89, 110, 132).
Sources: (1) Bible quotations, RSV, NRSV; (2) ‘in the spiritual order’, CCHS, p. 881. (3) Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, 2004. (4) Christian Community Bible, Cath. Bishops Conf., Philippines, 1994. (5) Dr. Scott Hahn, ‘Kinship by Covenant’, 2009, Yale U.P., p. 213. (6) New Jer. Bible, 1985, fn. 1f.
The Order of New Knighthood of Our Lord and His Holy Mother (ed. Peter J. Rafferty). Stand 14, International Eucharistic Congress, R.D.S., Dublin, 10-17 June 2012. Extract from the Irish ‘Catholic Voice’, 50th International Eucharistic Congress Edition, 10-17 June 2012. (with Ecclesiastical approval).