Fourth Sunday of Advent (B)
2 Samuel 7:1-11
Nathan the prophet makes it clear to the great King David that the Lord doesn’t live in a temple of wood and stone built by any human hand. He has been living in a “tent moving from one place to another” (6, NLT).
Yet there is a promise given – that one day the Lord will build a “permanent homeland for (his) people” (10). Such a home would be an “eternal dynasty of kings” (11, 27, NLT).
The Hebrew is used for ‘home’ bayit, meaning a household or family. It is rooted in the verb banah, meaning to build or to obtain children).
Jesus, born as King of kings and Lord of lords, made the coming of this kingdom of heaven his entire focus. Surely this was the dynasty that the Lord had promised, the building and establishing of a family home for all people which would last eternally under the Divine Kingship of God himself.
So how can we contribute to the building process? How can we make our lives to be lives which make room for others? How can we build a family for all people? How can we reach out and find brothers and sisters to share our bread with?
God did not simply send us the plans and ask us to get on with it. Instead, he sent his Son, he became flesh, he moved in amongst us, and in so doing has transformed our broken lives to lives which are invested with purpose and significance and a sense of belonging.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Please as man with man to dwelll
Jesus, our Immanuel.
In our human lives, how can we move in amongst those who need the touch of Immanuel this Christmas?