In the first reading today from 2 Samuel 6, the ark of God is brought into the City of David. How that plays out is interesting. In the Gospel reading from Mark 3, Jesus is told that His mother and brothers and sisters were outside asking for Him. He replies, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
When the ark of God came to the City of David, David “came dancing before the Lord with abandon, as he and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and to the sound of the horn.” Dancing with abandon. Shouts of joy. Sounds like a pretty exciting affair. It seems that the people knew just how important the ark was. This always reminds me of Mass.
Every time we go to Mass, the King of the Universe, the Author of Life, the Second Person of the Trinity, God Himself (!!!) comes to us sacramentally. And yet so many Catholics just yawn, stare or read the bulletin. How can this be?!?! If David danced with abandon and the people shouted with joy before the ark, how much more should we be bowled over by Jesus coming to us? I’m not necessarily suggesting that we dance in the aisles, but we should be dancing and shouting in our minds. Thank you, Jesus!
Father, give us eyes to see that which is truly happening before us in the Mass. May we dance and shout for joy at the coming of Jesus! Amen.