2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16
1 Now when the king dwelt in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies round about,2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.”3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart; for the LORD is with you.”4 But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan,5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in?
8 Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel;9 and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.
10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly,11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house.12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men;16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.'”
67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people,69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,71 that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us;72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant,73 the oath which he swore to our father Abraham,74 to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,75 in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
THE FIRST READING: Nathan the prophet received a revelation to inform King David to build a house, an Ark wherein Yahweh can dwell to be accessible to His people. David is promised that he will be the prince who will be tasked to protect his people.
The offspring of David (v12); a prophetic allusion foretelling the birth of the Messiah, shall come from the lineage of David to establish an Ecclesia wherein the Messiah shall permanently dwell.Verses 76-79 essentially prefigure the establishment of an indelible sacramental Church wherein the people shall receive grace, mercy and deliverance from sin and evil.
THE GOSPEL READING: Filled by the Holy Spirit, Zachariah express his love, devotion and thankfulness that Yahweh has visited the Davidic house, his wife and him, to redeem His people, which is a fulfilment of His promise. Yahweh has opened the womb of his wife to bring forth a prophet of the Most High—a fiery rod— who will call upon the people who sit in darkness, to seek forgiveness by repenting of their disordered ways and be baptised, so that Christ can make His home in them.
The birth of the John the Baptist is a landmark moment in so far as he was tasked to prepare the way for God to redeem His people through Jesus His Son, making Christ permanantly available to us His people; dwelling in an Ark the Tabernacle, made of human hands. Let us reflect on that stupendous moment in time when God lowered Himself, taking on the form of man, but without sin.We the members of the House of God where Christ enter into our tent each time when the Holy Eucharist is offered by His consacrated priests, are indeed priviledged to make use of the sacred Sacraments of mercy, deliverance and forgiveness; supernatural divine works of love that are ordered to cleanse, heal, feed, restoring the soul in preparation for the penultimate second Advent!
LET US PRAY: Psalms 89:2-5,27,29
2 For thy steadfast love was established for ever, thy faithfulness is firm as the heavens.3 Thou hast said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant:4 ‘I will establish your descendants for ever, and build your throne for all generations.'” [Selah]5 Let the heavens praise thy wonders, O LORD, thy faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones. 27 And I will make him the first-born, the highest of the kings of the earth.29 I will establish his line for ever and his throne as the days of the heavens.
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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