Pentecost 24 Wednesday
“So he climbed down quickly and received him with joy.”
Now, what does the poor, thirsty, famished soul do when it hears Christs call? It quickly climbs down and receives the Lord Jesus with joy so as to be a sanctified temple of the Lord forever, as St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in you, whom you have received from God, and do not belong to yourselves? For you have been purchased for a high price. Therefore, praise God with your body and in your spirit who belong to God.” When there is a fair in this temple, you do not hear bells or cymbals; you do not hear organs piping; you do not hear the sound of oboes; you do not see banners unfurled from the steeple. Rather, there is a hidden temple known by the Holy Spirit alone, unknown to man and devil. God alone looks upon this temple who sees everything that is hidden. For God does not want the world to know when he sleeps with his bride…Yet this spiritual temple is consecrated to God in baptism when you gave your name to Christ, your Captain, and when you received the Word of divine promise. And this temple is consecrated to God forever if you remain in faith and love and sanctification. In fact, it is holy in such a way that the Lord himself will destroy and punish him who injures and desecrates this temple,
as St. Paul says, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If someone desecrates God’s temple, God will desecrate him; for God’s temple is holy; you are that temple” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. Christ gave himself for this temple so that it might be a temple consecrated to him in which he would dwell, as St. Paul again says,
“You are the temple of the living God, as God says, (Leviticus 26:11-12) “I will dwell among them and walk among them and will be their God and they will be my people,”” 2 Corinthians 6:16. Who would not praise such a good, kind helper who stops by a sinner if only we would receive him? “For as many as received him he gave the power to become God
s children,” John 1:12. For they keep his Word and love him. This is why, Christ says, “I and the Father will come to them and make our dwelling with them,” John 14:23.