Mass Reading & Meditation for December 24, 2012
Meditation: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
4th Week of Advent
“He will establish a house for you.” (2 Samuel 7:11)
King David was grateful for God’s blessing and protection. He looked around his beautiful palace, felt a pang of guilt that “the ark of God dwells in a tent,” and resolved to build a house for God (2 Samuel 7:1-2). But to construct a building to house the great and eternal God— What was David thinking? His heart may have been in the right place, but where was the logic? Through the prophet Nathan, God responded that he would build a house for David, a mighty nation where God could dwell as Father among David’s descendants (7:11-12, 14).
God is still house-building today. He wants to build a home in our hearts where Jesus can dwell: a shelter where we can find refuge from the storms of life, a haven of peace, and a place of wisdom. In this house, Jesus promised, we will never be alone: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him” (John 14:23).
How amazing! God lives in us. We can don’t have to go seeking Jesus, because he—the eternal Son of God—is always with us, always living in our hearts.
This is a day of great anticipation. All creation waits in eager silence for the day of the Incarnation, when the eternal Word will leap from heaven to make his home among us (Wisdom 18:14-15).
Though this is typically a busy day filled with preparations, try to get away with the Lord into a quiet place—the “house of God”— in your heart and spend time with him. Let his promises seep into your mind, refresh you, and give you hope for the coming year. Let him continue to build that temple, that dwelling place, in your heart. Listen for his voice as he speaks words of love, compassion, and direction for you this Christmas. And most important: rejoice! God has been faithful to his promises. He truly is Emmanuel, God-with-us. He will never abandon his dwelling place!
“Lord, I am amazed that you would live in my heart! May I never forget that you are always with me, ready to bless, to teach, to heal, and to guide. How wonderful you are!”
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29; Luke 1:67-79