Speak Lord: Our home

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I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

I rejoiced when I heard them say:
‘Let us go to God’s house.’
And now our feet are standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

Jerusalem is built as a city
strongly compact.
It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

For Israel’s law it is,
there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgement
of the house of David.

I rejoiced when I heard them say: ‘Let us go to God’s house.’

Psalm 121:1-5

Sunday is the feast of Christ the King, and the last Sunday of the Church’s Year. It is also the last day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The Responsorial Psalm urges us to the house of God. We sing one of Israel’s Pilgrimage Psalms, sung in honour of the Temple of Jerusalem, understood as the literal ‘house of God’.

Christians sometimes refer to our churches as ‘house of God’ but more profoundly they are the house of the Church, and the Church herself, built of living stones, the new house of God. The Lord makes his home with us, in us, so we may make ours with him.

However we understand the psalm, we sing praying that we will indeed come closer to God, even here, even now.

Exterior, Franciscan Monastery and Church of Ss Peter and Paul, Mostar. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.

 

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