The drama increases as we progress toward Easter. This Sunday’s readings are united by the themes of anointing and light.
The First Reading (1 Sam 16:1-13) recounts Samuel’s anointing of David as King over Israel. Samuel journeys to Jesse of Bethlehem, and scrutinizes each of his sons in search of God’s chosen king, but to no avail. Finally, the youngest of the eight, David, is called in from shepherding the sheep. This at last is the future king: