Today’s readings center on the role of the Temple in both the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament. The passages from 1 Kings describe the construction of the Jerusalem Temple as a place of worship of God. Psalm 84 is a magnificent song of meditation on the joy of worship.
The New Testament reading from 1st Corinthians, though, calls our attention to the larger Biblical story in which God is filling His creation with His glory. While the Jerusalem Temple was at one time a focal point for God’s glory, the Church is now the Temple in which God dwells. It is important to note that when Paul writes, “For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple” the “you” to which he refers is plural. “You all,” or even “y’all” is the accurate way to hear Paul’s words. God specially dwells in the distinct community that is built upon the foundation of Christ. The call and purpose of the Church is a high and holy one that should produce humility in all who are blessed to participate in the Divine community.