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Meditation: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
4th Week of Advent (Mass in the Morning)
Should you build me a house to dwell in? (2 Samuel 7:5)
What’s your highest aspiration in life? What would you like to leave as your legacy? Forget personal ambition or financial goals; what would you like to accomplish for the sake of other people, perhaps even for God?
David knew the answer to that question. He wanted to build a temple for the Lord. This seemed like a great idea to everybody, even Nathan, the court prophet. But God said no. He wasn’t interested in David trying to repay him for all that he had done. Instead, he talked about the even bigger things he was going to do for David. Rather than having David build him a house, God promised to build a house for David in the form of a kingdom that would last forever. David must have thought he had already arrived, but God turned around and said, “Not at all. I’m just getting started!”
On the eve of this great feast of Christmas, we are caught up in God’s long-ago promises to David—promises that find their fulfillment in the birth of Christ. Making David king of Israel was just the beginning of what God would do through him and his descendants. David didn’t see it coming because he wasn’t thinking and dreaming big enough.
Millions of people will be celebrating Midnight Mass tonight. They will gather in churches all around the world—houses of worship built by God as part of David’s legacy—and they will join with the angels singing, “Glory to God in the highest!” More people come to church on this day than any other day of the year. And do you know why they come? Because God is drawing them. No matter what their background, no matter how weak or strong their faith is, God has brought them to his house, and he is building their faith.
So dream big tonight. Think about your brothers and sisters who will be worshipping in India, Korea, Nigeria, Slovakia, Uruguay, Samoa, and every other country. Along with all of them, you too are loved and sought after by the eternal God. He is not done working in you and through you. He is still building his house in your heart!
“All glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ! You are the master builder of my life and the whole Church. Lord, I worship you!”
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29