Scripture: 1st Reading: Ex40,16-21,34-38; Resp. Psalm: Ps84,2-5,7,10; Gosp. Accl.: Acts16,14; Gospel: Mt13,47-53
Yahweh gave Moses detailed description of how to construct the first representation of His presence among His people. The tabernacle and its construction with its design details were dictated by God. The Ark of the covenant, placed within the tabernacle, was Yahweh's intent. The tabernacle was to be put in the tent of meeting.
When Moses had finished constructing the tabernacle and placed the Ark of the covenant containing the stones on which the Law was written, the glory of Yahweh filled the tabernacle and covered the tent of meeting such that Moses was unable to enter the tent of meeting. The Ark in the Tent became the visible sign of the presence of Yahweh among His people, the assurance and guarantee that Israel would continue to prosper in its journey to the land of promise.
The cloud upon the tabernacle signified divine presence. Whenever the sons of Israel saw this, they would not go onward till the day it was taken up. Throughout their journeys, "the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel."
Yahweh revealed His glory in the "dwelling" place made to represent His presence among His people. The word of God in the Psalm of today's worship tells us that the courts of the Lord, the visible representation of His presence among us, should always be our longing and yearning. This is because to dwell in the house of God, to remain in His presence, is blessing beyond measure and compare. The word of God further tells us that one day within Yahweh's courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
We can therefore see that we should strive always to be in the presence of God. When we make conscious effort to be in His presence, we will not be afraid of what will happen at the close of the age. Our Lord in His parable today, taught us that the kingdom is like a net that is thrown into the sea that gathers all types of fish, good and bad. In the evening, the fishermen separate the good from the bad fish. Our Lord taught that it will be so at the close of the age when the angels will come and separate the evil from the righteous people.
We should never be afraid of what will come at the end of time if we make daily conscious efforts to be close to God, to seek His face, to enter into His presence with thanksgiving in our hearts. If we do this, the glory that God will reveal through our lives will be greater than the one He manifested at the tent of meeting. Let us therefore listen to His voice today and enter into His peace.
Let us pray: God our Father, we thank you for the revelation of your glory in the Ark of the covenant placed in the tent of meeting. We give you greater thanks for the perfect revelation of yourself in your Son. Unite us always to Him so that our time here on earth becomes a daily preparation for our homecoming,where we shall enjoy eternal bliss with you. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.