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Saint Angela Merici, Virgin
Behold, I come. (Hebrews 10:7)
Have you ever heard the story about a magical house that appears tiny and plain on the outside, but when you step in, you discover a vast, ornate mansion? They’re popular fare in fantasy novels and movies. Today’s first reading contains a simple three-word phrase that may seem just as tiny and plain on the outside but is filled with countless treasures on the inside.
Behold, I come. If we pause for a moment to explore this little “house” with just a bit of imagination, we’ll discover that these words can go a long way toward summarizing the entire gospel!
Behold. In the verses leading up to this first word, we are introduced to a huge map in which everyone’s life plays out. God’s creation, which he deeply loves, has fallen into darkness. We can’t keep God’s law on our own. We can’t even atone for our sin. But watch! Behold! God is about to do something about it. Open the door. Come and see.
I. As we walk through the door, it’s important to understand who owns this house. Who is this “I”? According to the author, it’s Jesus. He is the real author and finisher, the architect and cornerstone of our faith. So this must be God’s house. Why is this an important fact? Because at its core, Christianity is not about what we do. It’s not about the “house” that we build. It’s about what God has already done, is doing now, and will do in the future. It’s about his house, his kingdom.
Come. And what has God done? He came to us, personally, not to condemn us but to save us. God with us, born of a virgin, Immanuel! This is the foundation of our faith. What is he doing right now? He is coming to us through the Holy Spirit. He is inviting us to come farther into his Father’s mansion, which has many rooms (John 14:2). There are rooms of healing, worship, joy, patience, faith, love—the list goes on.
Behold, I come. Let Jesus’ words resound in your heart today. There is so much more to be gleaned from them. There are so many more rooms in this “little house” for you to explore. Let these words become your prayer to him.
“Lord Jesus, thank you for inviting me into your home. Here I come!”
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 10-11
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