2 Sm 7:4-17; Ps 89; Mk 4:1-20

Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the church

I will fix a place for my people Israel.
David is misguided initially on how the Lord desires him to build his house. When David talks to Nathan about building a temple for the ark of the Lord, that night the Lord enlightens Nathan on what it means to build the house of David. God doesn't desire a house or temple for himself. He wants David to build a lasting dynasty. The Lord seeks to secure a place for his people where they can flourish undisturbed for generations to come. The Lord does not want him to erect physical structures but to raise leaders. The sanctuary in which the Lord desires to dwell already exists. He seeks to reside within us, in the temple of our own bodies.
Welcome, Lord. Be my constant companion. I delight in your dwelling within me.