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For 29 January 2020, Wednesday of week 3 in Ordinary Time, based on 2 Samuel 7:4-14
The word of the LORD came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: 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, â€œWhy have you not built me a house of cedar?â€ Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
30 January 2020 @ 2:22 am
Beautiful preaching that so resonates with me. Thank you!
Brigid Cannon, Op
30 January 2020 @ 3:46 am
Thank you for your powerful preaching so clear and challenging. May we all pray to receive Godâ€™s
Word as you have, not housing God but letting God house us in His Love.
Blessings on you and your preaching gift,
Brigid Cannon, OP
30 January 2020 @ 3:50 am
Thank you for your powerful, clear and challenging preaching. May we all learn to receive Godâ€™s Word in the way God intended.
Blessings on you and your gift of preaching,
Sr. Brigid, OP
30 January 2020 @ 5:37 am
Thank you so much. I definitely need constant reminding about how I’m trying to “house” the One who “houses” me.
30 January 2020 @ 5:38 am
Many thanks for your kind words, Sr. Brigid, and yes, may we all, as you say, let God house us in love!
31 January 2020 @ 1:50 pm
Good reminder that God is more than our thoughts, ideas and spoken word; may he be patient with us as we attempt to be present to the Other who is present to us. Great job Deborah, I always enjoy listening to your wisdom.