Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
January 29, 2020
Today, in Mercy, our readings are about being at home with God.
In our passage from 2 Samuel, a highly anthropomorphized God informs David that He is sick of living in a tent while being carried to and fro. God goes on to recount for David all that God has done for him, demonstrating that David can fully trust God.
God wants a home. In other words, it’s time to make a permanent commitment and “move in together” into each other’s hearts.
In today’s Gospel, we find the familiar story of the Sower and the Seed. While the story doesn’t specifically mention “home”, Jesus indicates that only those “at home” with God’s Word will understand the true meaning of the parables.
You may have had the joy of visiting friends who greet you with the invitation, “Make yourself at home”. These friends will have done everything they can to make that possible – clean house, fresh bed linens, your brand of coffee, your favorite meals. They want you to be completely comfortable for your stay.
Well, God wants to stay forever within us. And God wants us to stay forever in God. That mutuality of homecoming is the whole purpose of our lives.
We know how to create this sacred hospitality for our friends. Let today’s reading remind us to do this for God as well by:
- “learning” God within the Sacred Word of scripture
- joy and awe at God’s desire to be with us
- attention to those tendernesses that invite and welcome God
- continual gratitude for God’s Presence
- delighting God by our acts of love and hospitality
Music: Welcome to My Heart – Dean Martin
(Even though the song was not directed toward God, it works for me. I hope it does for you too.)