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.’

It is there that the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord.
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.’

For the peace of Jerusalem pray:
‘Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls,
in your palaces, peace!’

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

For love of my brethren and friends
I say: ‘Peace upon you!’
For love of the house of the Lord
I will ask for your good.

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

Psalm 121:1-2,4-5,6-9

The responsorial psalm of the last Sunday of the year, Christ the King,  is repeated this Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent.

It is a psalm that comes to us from the ancient rites at the Temple of Jerusalem, perhaps dating back as far as King David or Solomon.

Christians do not place the same value on churches as Jews did on the Temple. In the light of the Incarnation we know we are close to God anywhere and everywhere. But we are invited to newly and consciously to approach him. The Lord does not invite us to be well-behaved neighbours, keeping a certain distance, but to make our homes with him as he does with us.

  • What might you do to help make yourself more at home with God?

The Western Wall of the Temple Mount. Jerusalem. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.

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