Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Ark in the Flesh

Compare the majesty, grandeur, and the awe-inspiring presence of God in the Ark that Solomon brought to Jerusalem, with the simplicity, ordinariness, familiarity, down-to-earthiness Jesus displays in rubbing shoulders with the people around him! If the Ark evoked fear and trembling, and no one dared to touch the Ark because touching the Ark could get them killed, as in the case of Uzzah (2 Sam 6:6-7), we see people milling around Jesus pleading him to touch them and reaching out and touching him and getting cured! What we witness is the true kenosis (Phil. 2:6-8) of God for the sake of us, human beings: the “I-Am-Who-Am” becoming Emmanuel, “God-with-Us”, the Ark becoming Flesh, to dwell amidst us as one among us. The fear-evoking presence of God in the Ark becomes the love-inspiring touch of God in Christ. How has this kenosis transformed our lives?


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