~by Louis Templeman
January 18, 2017: A Building for His Name
1 Kings 5: 19: Solomon said, “. . . so I propose to build a temple in honor of the Lord, my God . . .”
Any joy we experience in private is more than doubled when shared with others. Any joy that can only be experienced in private is always completed when the story is shared with others. In fact, people enjoy what is known as vicarious pleasure. That is, joy we know simply from hearing a story told.
No human longing is more primal, more germane to our well-being and sense of self, than the desire to belong. We have a natural desire to belong to others. To fit into a group. A family. The most important thing an infant receives from a mother is the bonding that occurs after birth. The breast for nourishment. The mirror of the mother’s eyes that gives the child her humanity and value as a person. The falsetto baby-talk that gives the child the music, the wonder, and all basic values of our natural life. Infants will not thrive if deprived of human contact. They need to belong. It is a lifelong need.
Solomon took on his father David’s task of building a temple. David and Solomon represent Christ. The Temple foreshadows Christ’s Church.
Peter knew this. He spoke to Jewish leaders (Acts 4: 11, 12) saying, “He (Jesus) is the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”
Jesus Christ is the Cornerstone of this living temple made of living stones. Jesus’ Temple is not made of bricks and mortar or steel but of living, breathing believers.
Our need to belong is met in Jesus and his Church. By faithfulness to the sacraments, to prayer and fellowship we experience the joy of belonging. We belong to the best group of people ever assembled, being assembled by God’s voice. So, our response must be in believing, obeying and in behaving well.
Isaiah 43: 1 says, “Fear not for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.”
We are his. Gather in his name. Be an active part of the Church built on Jesus for the glory of his name.
Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D. Louis has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is fighting the good fight. Much of what he writes these days he is sharing his journey with us. Please keep Louis and his wife Joy in your prayers.
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