Posted by: livingscripture | January 27, 2010

Third Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Should you build me a house to dwell in?  I have not dwelt in a house from the day on which I led the children of Israel out of Egypt to the present, but I have been going about in a tent under cloth.  In all my wanderings everywhere among the children of Israel, did I ever utter a word to any one of the judges whom I charged to tend my people Israel, to ask: Why have you not built me a house of cedar?

                                                      2 Samuel 7: 5-7

 How should we live this Word

 David decides to build a house for the Lord and spoke of this to the prophet Nathan who encouraged him.  It is a gesture of love and gratitude and dependence on Yahweh.  However in a night vision, God takes an unexpected position.  ‘I have wandered under a tent with Israel and I have never asked to build me a house of cedar’. 

 Certainly David’s desire is sincere and good but it is more in line with a philosophical vision of God than one of faith.  This is not referring to the rightness of building dignified places for worship but with the unconscious tendency to relegate God to a distant and abstract heaven that safeguards His transcendence.  God wants to reveal an entirely different face to us.  His wandering under a tent with His people speaks of an extreme closeness.  He pilgrims along with those who traverse life’s desert.  He reaches the point of pitching His tent among us through His incarnation.  We do not need to search for this God in special places, entering on tip toe, fearful of raising our eyes.  He is a God who dwells in our daily life marked by the precariousness of a dwelling that is not definitive because our homeland is elsewhere.  He is a God who is beside use at every instant if we pay attention to His presence.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will recall the words of the Apocalypse, ‘I stand at the door and knock.  If you hear my voice and open the door to me, I will come in, sup with you and you with me.’  (Cf. Apocalypse 3, 20)  This dwelling is more precious and greater than any cathedral!

 Lord, grant that the door of my heart may be always open to You.  Come and make Your dwelling in me!

 The voice of Frére Roger of Taizè

 God untiringly accompanies us.  He lights up our soul with an unexpected light.  We discover that even if some darkness remains in us, there is above all, the mystery of His presence.

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