Hebrews 3:1 and 6
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus….Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
A Word of Hope
The above words are the first and sixth verse of the opening of chapter three of the Book of Hebrews. The interior verses deal with how Jesus is better than Moses, stating that Moses was a faithful servant in God’s house and Jesus is faithful as Son over God’s house. I find this passage difficult to make sense of in its entirety so I am choosing to focus on the part of the passage that says, “Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house…”
We are God’s house. What comes to mind when you think about a house? As I thought about this, what came to mind for me is that a house is simply a well-constructed stable structure with walls and a roof, one that most of us would expect to have running water and electricity, a place of shelter. The other attributes that bubbled up, I realized, are things that make a house a home – a place that is warm and welcoming, a place that feels safe, a place where I am free to be my authentic self. Understood this way, both a house and a home can exist without the other. So, what does it mean to be God’s house?
As God’s house, perhaps we are to be a stable structure in the world. We are the walls that stand upright. We are the windows that let in the light. We are the doors that keep out the cold. We are the roof that create shelter. And like a house that is made up of many different materials—concrete, wood, brick, plaster, glass—all of which are necessary to create the whole, so too are we, the people of God, all made differently and are all necessary to the building and sustaining of God’s house. Jesus, as the one “over God’s house” guides the construction, maintenance, and necessary renovations of this house. Today we may be a brick, tomorrow a piece of sheet rock, the next day a door or window. Through regular prayer and following Jesus, we come to know what our role is in the house of God.
As far as being a home, that should be a natural by-product of the people of God coming together and being that house of God. If we work together, harmony and balance exist. With harmony and balance come beauty and safety. From beauty and safety come hope and love. And at the end of the day, if we all have a little hope and love, we are doing pretty good.
God, Creator of all, guide me to the place where you need me to be. Help me to stand with strength and confidence in that place. Amen.
Order of Saint Francis and Saint Clare