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GOD IS IN OUR MIDST

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Third Week of Ordinary Time

2 Sam. 6:12-15, 17-19 & Mk. 3:31-35

David brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. By doing this he made Jerusalem the centre of worship and helped to bring about national unity under his rule. Contained in the Ark were the two tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written. It was therefore especially sacred, the symbol of God's presence among His people.

To say that David was overjoyed to have God's presence near to him would be putting it mildly. He was ecstatic. He offered sacrifices, danced for joy and handed out gifts of food. But when you think of it, we should be more ecstatic than David, because we have a greater appreciation of God's presence among us.

For David and the Jews, God's presence was symbolised by the Ark which contained the commandments God had given to Moses. They recognised and worshipped the one true God, but they did not yet know that there were three Persons in that one God … Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Since the coming of Christ we have an understanding of the Blessed Trinity which was not revealed to the Jews.

God is still the same, but we know that His Son became man to save us and to leave His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity present with us in the Blessed Sacrament. This is not the symbolic presence of David's time, but the Real Presence of God. The Food that is offered to us is more than mere bread, it is the Body and Blood of God's Son. The reminder of David's joy should increase both our fervour and our thanks when we are praying to Jesus before His Real Presence in the Tabernacle.

On the basis of today’s Gospel there are some who claim that Jesus had brothers and sisters. We Catholics believe He did not for we would, otherwise, be denying that Mary was always a virgin. The confusion arises because the Greek words for brothers and sisters are used just as well for cousins.

Again there are some who claim in this passage that Jesus has little respect for His mother. How wrong they are! In fact Jesus enhances the greatness of Mary for, by doing the will of God, she perfectly fulfils her potential. Jesus is here stressing that ties of blood are less important than doing the will of God, because there is nothing more important than this. So whenever we are doing God’s will we are truly kin to Jesus.

Lord Jesus, may we always respectfully recognise Your presence among us, and may we do the will of Your Father today and every day, and so be Your kin.

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