Tuesday 9th February – Tuesday of week 5 of the year
Reflection: 1 Kings 8:22-23.27-30
LIVING TEMPLE OF GOD
“But can you. O God, really live on earth? Not even all heaven is large enough to hold you, so can this temple that I have built be large enough?”
God in his benevolence has blessed us with his presence and assured us that He is with us as “Emmanuel”. Just as King Solomon was granted the grace to build a temple for God to live in, God calls us too to recognize His presence in our Churches. He has a covenant with us and shows us his love when we live in whole-hearted obedience to him. (1 Kings 8:23b). This was an attribute of Solomon who obeyed God and longed to do his will.
God is supreme and he only knows all things. What he wants for is the best for our lives and whatever He commands us to do is ultimately for our own benefit. When we put our trust in God, we give Him the go-ahead to work in our lives. This must be our driving strength and courage while waiting on him in prayer. We must avoid anything that would rob us of our trust in God or that would encourage us to find alternatives in solving our problems outside God’s presence.
As we make our way to Gods temple especially in the Blessed Sacrament, let us always be ready to build our lives on his will, trusting in our Creator who has a perfect plan for our lives. Let us never grow weary of fellowshipping with others at public worship but be joyful in the love that binds the people of God together. The Living temple of God in our midst is a vivid sign of God’s love and mercy for his people. It’s a place of refuge and a house of deliverance. As we do that, we too will be transformed into living temples of God where he is pleased to dwell as the scripture says: “Whoever loves me will obey my teaching. My Father would love him, and my Father and I will come and live with him” John 14:23
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, make me know your covenant for my life which is your will for me. Make me planted in your presence always. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 190 – What is a Christian house of prayer?
A Christian house of prayer is both a sign of the ecclesial communion of people at a specific place and also a symbol of the heavenly dwellings that God has prepared for us all. In God’s house we gather together to pray in common or alone and to celebrate the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Whoever loves me will obey my teaching. My Father would love him, and my Father and I will come and live with him” John 14:23 GNB
Today’s Readings: 1 Kings 8:22-23.27-30; Ps 84:3-5, 10, 11; Mk 7:1-13