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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

European Day of Memory of the Shoah.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

2 Samuel 7,4-17

But that very night, the word of Yahweh came to Nathan: 'Go and tell my servant David, "Yahweh says this: Are you to build me a temple for me to live in? I have never lived in a house from the day when I brought the Israelites out of Egypt until today, but have kept travelling with a tent for shelter. In all my travels with all the Israelites, did I say to any of the judges of Israel, whom I had commanded to shepherd my people Israel: Why do you not build me a cedar-wood temple?" This is what you must say to my servant David, "Yahweh Sabaoth says this: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader of my people Israel; I have been with you wherever you went; I have got rid of all your enemies for you. I am going to make your fame as great as the fame of the greatest on earth. I am going to provide a place for my people Israel; I shall plant them there, and there they will live and never be disturbed again; nor will they be oppressed by the wicked any more, as they were in former times ever since the time when I instituted judges to govern my people Israel; and I shall grant you rest from all your enemies. Yahweh furthermore tells you that he will make you a dynasty. And when your days are over and you fall asleep with your ancestors, I shall appoint your heir, your own son to succeed you (and I shall make his sovereignty secure. He will build a temple for my name) and I shall make his royal throne secure for ever. I shall be a father to him and he a son to me; if he does wrong, I shall punish him with a rod such as men use, with blows such as mankind gives. But my faithful love will never be withdrawn from him as I withdrew it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your dynasty and your sovereignty will ever stand firm before me and your throne be for ever secure." ' Nathan related all these words and this whole revelation to David.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This passage, the theological pinnacle of the second book of Samuel, touches a decisive point in the history of salvation. The promise made to David of descendants and of a kingdom will be evoked frequently in the Psalms (Psalms 89 and 132) and as well by prophets in the culminating moments of Israel’s existence. At the beginning of the New Testament, it will also resound in the words of Gabriel’s announcement to Mary of Jesus’ birth (Lk 1:30-33). The early Church will preach that in Christ is accomplished what was promised to David regarding his descendants (see Heb 1:5; Acts 2:29-30). The narrative starts with David’s consideration that he lived in a beautiful palace of cedar built with the help of the king of Tyre whereas the ark, a sign of God’s presence, still resides under a tent. He wants therefore, to build a temple for the Lord. The absence of a temple meant a clear sign of inferiority in comparison with their neighbours. The prophet Nathan is enthusiastic about the idea. But God disapproves of it that very night. The first reaction of the prophet arises from his spontaneity, while the second one expresses the will of God. David’s proposal was certainly good, but much more profound was God’s perspective. It is not God who needs a home, but the people of Israel. The places of worship that had been established since the beginning (Gen 12:7- 8; 28:20-22; 35:14), together with the Tabernacle (Ex 26; 33:7-11), were signs of his presence in the middle of the people. God, therefore, warns David that just as he had never asked for the construction of a temple in past ages, neither would he do so now (vv. 6-7). The Lord guided his people and David in all ways without having a permanent home. The Lord does not need walls. If anything, it is Israel that needs a temple so as not to forget the Lord. Therefore God himself will build a home for his people. Nathan’s words refer certainly to Solomon, who will build the temple, but they also go further: "I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body." The prophet announces a "kingdom" that will last "forever". It will be an everlasting kingdom. This prophecy will find its fulfilment in Jesus Christ, as the angel announces to Mary: " and will be called Son of the Most High and the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end"(Lk 1: 32-33).

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