Meditation for August 23, 2012: “Who is of God’s household?”

Today’s Psalm (84) speaks of the Temple. But the larger subject is those who are at home with God — ‘who passing through the vale of misery use it for well; and the pools are full of water.’ And so Solomon, dedicating the Temple (I Kings 8), blesses its use even by sinners, and in times of calamity, and by the stranger – ‘that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake.’ Boundaries — who is of God’s household — are also a theme of today’s Gospel (John 6:56-69). Unlike the inclusive Solomon, Jesus stresses them, deliberately provoking his hearers ‘ ‘he that eateth my flesh…’ Today’s outburst in John evidently rescued his followers to the Twelve (v.66-7). Today’s Second Reading (Ephesians 6:10-20) – equally shocking – unflinchingly insists the true disciple is a soldier, with sword, and shield, and helmet.  He that hath ears to hear, let him hear…
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