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Dwelling on the Word of God: The Church: an earthly dwelling place for God (Wednesday 29th January 2014)
|Posted on January 29, 2014 at 2:44 AM|
St Peter's Basilica, Rome
From today's first reading (2 Samuel 7:7-14):
'"The Lord will make you great; the Lord will make you a House. And when your days are ended and you are laid to rest with your ancestors, I will preserve the offspring of your body after you and make his sovereignty secure. (It is he who shall build a house for my name, and I will make his royal throne secure for ever.) I will be a father to him and he a son to me....Your House and your sovereignty will always stand secure before me and your throne be established for ever."'
This is part of a text spoken by God to Samuel so that he could pass it on to David.
God speaks of all the great things He has done for David and yet David has failed to establish a suitable home for Him. But God says that He will build a house, through the Son. It is Jesus who will come to establish God's house....what we now refer to as the Catholic Church. Established by Christ, with Peter as the rock upon which it is built it exists to this very day. Two thousand years on and, as God promised, the Church remains standing and it remains secure, and it remains a home for God as he comes to us in the Blessed Sacrament.
Read this Old Testament passage over again and think of how it relates to Jesus and the New Testament. Think about God's promise and how it came to fruition and how it continues to exist to this very day.