Dec 22, Monday

Monday, December 22 ✬ I have been with you wherever you went!

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Prayers for candle-lighting

The Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
[Light four candles]
For nothing is impossible with God.
The Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

2 Samuel 7:5b-7

Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not
lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this
day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have
moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of
the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel,
saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”

Interpretation

Israel’s great King David is worried because he is now living in a grand house of cedar,
while the ark of God continues to travel with the Israelites and tabernacle with them in
a moveable tent. David ponders whether he should build a house of cedar for the Lord
to match the quality and permanence of his own home.

In today’s reading we hear God’s response to David through the prophet Nathan. God
is incredulous, reminding David that the Lord has always been with the people of Israel
from their deliverance out of Egypt until now. The Lord never once has asked Israel to
build a permanent residence for the Lord. God is quite happy to live in a tent and
tabernacle in the midst of the people as they move from place to place.

In a few short days, we will celebrate how God has chosen to come among the people in
the person of Jesus Christ. He is the one who continues to move among God’s people
without any kind of permanent residence. Jesus Christ is the one who promises in the
Gospel of Matthew that “where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there
among them.” According to the author of the Gospel of John, in the person of Jesus the
“Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.” This obvious allusion to today’s
reading, among others, highlights how God, through Jesus Christ, continues even now
to dwell in our midst and to travel with us wherever we go.

For Reflection

We often and easily recognize those special times when we encounter God in the
church’s worship and sanctuary, which we often characterize as the “house” of God!
Sometimes, like King David, we forget that, like us, God is always on the move out in
the world. Take a few moments today to identify some recent events in your daily life
when you were aware that God was traveling with you or saw God traveling with
others whom you know. What are some markers that help you recognize it is God who
is present with you or with those you know?

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