Vicar’s Reflection: 19th July 2015, Ordinary Sunday 16
Have you ever built a house? I haven’t but I’ve built a couple of sheds and renovated a house. When you build you need to do things in order. Location first, -then foundations, structure, cladding, roof, windows and doors; then the interior. Only when it is all done in the right order is it fit for purpose, whether to store garden tools, or a car or as a dwelling for people. King David had a great idea to build a house for God. The only problem with this idea, as the prophet Nathan reminds David is that God is too big to be contained within a building. Instead God offers to build a ‘house’ for David. Not a building but a family or royal heritage that will last forever, and in which everyone will have a place. Jesus understood and taught about this heritage from King David as the amazingly tolerant and inclusive Kingdom of God. This Kingdom as taught by Jesus was not a political force; nor an exclusive club, rather it was for everyone. It was God’s dangerous idea that all humanity should be treated equally, with respect and care and compassion. It is one thing to build a house but only love can build a home, and that is truly where God’s kingdom is to be found. Love is the foundation, the walls and the roof of every true home.