Beginning with Moses and the Tabernacle and culminiating in the temples built by Solomon and Herod, God dwelt amongst his people in a place built by human hands. On a special day, fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection, God changed his address.
The hand was very symbolic in the ancient world representing an individual’s authority and serving as the instrument that carried out a person’s intentions. From Pharaoh to Caesar to Christ, the right hand was a symbol of authority and “to be seated at the right-hand” a place of honor.
An oft-told story of Michaelangelo’s hiring of an assistant to build St. Peter’s Basilica helps us understand our role in the God’s Kingdom.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Now that we have had a taste of being quarantined, how would you like for that quarantine to last 12 years?
Today, if anyone has a tendency to be hesitant or skeptical of a situation, they are labeled as a “Doubting Thomas”. Is this a fair label to hang on this disciple of Jesus or should he be remembered in a different light?