Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
December 24, A.D. 2002
God's presence among us, our King, our Judge:
save us, Lord our God!
2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"...the daybreak from on high will visit us....to guide our feet into
the path of peace." (Luke 1:78-79)
Today's Scripture reminded me of a trip through the Gaspé Peninsula at
the eastern end of Canada which took me through miles of fishing
villages. What distinguished these settlements was their houses painted
in blazing colors and the miles of smelly, salted codfish lying on racks
drying in the sun. But most intriguing was a series of small yet
exquisitely built and decorated Catholic churches. It appeared that each
town had vied with its neighbors in giving the greater honor to God
through their houses of worship.
Our first reading centers on King David's preoccupation with
establishing God's dwelling place, a temple, on Jewish soil. This was a
most appropriate desire, especially when one considers that Christ, the
eternal King and Savior of the world, would be descended in His humanity
from David's lineage. However, while temples and cathedrals provide man
a means of paying great homage to his Creator, God has relatively little
interest in these magnificent edifices; instead His interest wholly
centers on those He has created in His image and into whom He breathed
His very life.
Our Gospel reading affirms that God's focus is on the redemption of
humanity. John the Baptist was to prepare the Jews to receive their
Messiah. The space that God desired to fill was not a mere building. St.
Paul said it succinctly when he told Christ's people that their very
bodies were created to be indwelt by God, to become His living temples,
unsullied by sin, shining forth His truth and love, Christ's life, to a
Father of all goodness,
let us rejoice with gratitude for Christ's sacrifice
which enables us to participate in Your divine holiness.
May Your will be done in and through us.
- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (email@example.com)
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