Lord, strengthen our faith in You
5th Week in Ordinary Time :Tuesday 11th February 2020
1 Kgs. 8:22-23,27-30; Ps. 84(83): 3,4,5,10,11;
Mk. 7:1-13 (Ps Wk I)
Solomon’s question is one that has occurred to many people throughout the ages: “Can it indeed be that God dwells among men on earth?” On the part of Solomon, this question is not a sign of doubt but a sign of wonder. He expresses that wonder as he continues: “If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you, how much less this temple that I have built!”
Some wonder whether God, who is infinite, could have become the man in Jesus of Nazareth — a particularly limited human being living in a time and a specific place. This “particularity” becomes a scandal for them so that they reject the notion of the Incarnation.
For us believers, however, the wonder of God coming amongst us as Immanuel is a call to even deeper faith. Then, too, we are assured that we are created in the image and likeness of God, and we are each a temple of the Holy Spirit.
Can the God who is infinite dwell in this tiny temple made of the dust of the earth? Can Jesus, son of God, dwell for us in the fragile bread that is the Eucharist?
Lord Jesus, by the gift of faith we adore You present with us, in us and amongst us. Amen