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Make Your Home in Me

posted Jun 26, 2016, 12:34 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jun 26, 2016, 12:37 PM ]
In Today’s Liturgy, composer Ben Walther reflects on his song Make Your Home in Me: “One sunny afternoon in the middle of the Gospel of Matthew
(8:20), some star-struck fan of Jesus shouts across the crowd his intention to follow Jesus wherever he might go. Jesus’ response is more than curious. He says that foxes and birds have homes, but he does not. Why so cryptic?

We don’t know, because Matthew ends the encounter there. All we know is that this fellow is a ‘would-be’ follower who didn’t make the cut, probably because this scribe had a complicated devotion to Jesus, but Jesus is simple.

Make Your Home in Me is very simple and approachable, much like the Jewish carpenter we worship. Jesus wants us to make this invitation to come and live within us, that his light might sine in us. It is at once a childlike response to the person of Jesus and a mature declaration of discipleship. It is a constant reminder to be the hands and feet of Christ today. Verse 1 is a meditation on the homeless Jesus, the vagabond, the rogue. Verse 2 is a challenge to serve him in the poor.

I pray that this song inspires a new and fervent devotion to Jesus in the hearts of our congregations. As he makes his home in us, may he find a pure and humble abode there.”