Tuesday of the Fifth week of Ordinary Time
I Kings 8:22-23, 27-30
St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
Did you hear that? Listen! Can you hear it? Now listen this time without your ears but with your heart! What God is trying to do is get us to listen so that his word will sink deep into our hearts and that our lives will be changed. The interesting thing is that with God he is doing his part. It is all up to us how far we want to take the presences of Christ in our lives today. We begin by acknowledging that God is present to us right now in a special way in this Eucharist.
In our first reading, King Solomon has built the Temple, and the dedication ceremony has begun. The Ark of the Covenant and all the sacred vessels been brought from the City of David and placed in the Temple. In our story today, we hear the prayer of King Solomon asking God to come down from heaven and reside in the temple and make it holy. What King Solomon is asking is a radically new idea! Do we take it for granted the absolute divine presences of God in our midst?
If we say, “yes” to knowing the divine presences of God, then we better take heed and understand the warning of Jesus to the Pharisees and scribes in our gospel story today. Jesus tells the Pharisees and the scribes, “You only pay me lips service, and your hearts are far from me; in vain do you worship me.”
Shh! Listen again! Do we hear the voice of God calling us to holiness?