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Homily 60 – Thursday of the 4th Week of Advent

A House for God

The Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament represented the presence of God to the Israelites. It was his dwelling place. As they journeyed through the wilderness they kept the ark in the tabernacle, the meeting tent. Upon arriving in the promised land, David decided to build a more permanent structure. His son, Solomon, would eventually build this great temple to be God’s house. Yet at Christmas we celebrate something even greater. God no longer dwells in tents or buildings. Rather we celebrate that God took on flesh and became incarnate. Our own flesh became God’s house when Jesus became man. This is a greater wonder and a more glorious dwelling then anyone ever imagined. This is what we celebrate at Christmas.

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