The Temple was extremely important in the life of the Israelites. It was the sacred place where God dwelled, where the people went to give praise and thanks to God, and to remember all of His goodness towards them.
As you read through the Old Testament, do you ever wonder how the temple came to be? What did it look like? How did it develop from the Tent of Dwelling into the temple of Solomon’s reign?
Monsignor Joseph Prior, pastor at Our Lady of Grace Parish, Penndel, offers fascinating insights in this reflection video.
After listening, we invite you to prayerfully ponder these reflection questions:
God was present with the Israelites during both their time of wandering in the desert, and the time of peace and stability during Solomon’s reign. Today, God is still present with us, no matter the circumstances of our lives. The Israelites went to the temple to remember God’s goodness towards them. How can we call to mind God’s goodness?
God dwells with us and in us. There are also sacred locations where he dwells - most especially and physically, anywhere the Sacrament of the Eucharist is present. We invite you to meditate on this great mystery.
The Israelites went to the Temple to offer praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. How can you offer praise and thanksgiving to the Lord this week?