This was today’s epistle. I should have realized that the title of O’Brien’s novel was a Biblical reference. But I didn’t. Anyway because I thought it was worth pondering:
So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Yes, I can see how the novel is really about that process of being built into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. But the title I think also refers to the way the characters, especially Anne, feel during that process when they aren’t always aware of the work of the builder and don’t recognize themselves as members of the household.