Grace to you!
Recently, a friend from Nigeria completed a chapel in honor of God the Father. He was filled with joy that God gave him the opportunity to build Him a house where many could come and worship. For this devout Catholic, who is a successful businessman, it means so much to him than any charity he had ever done.
I have had opportunities of interacting with a few families who have either funded the building of a Church or chapel in their parishes or dioceses, or even on mission lands. They say the spiritual consolation flowing from being part of such holy work knows no bounds.
There is a profound theological significance for a people to build a place of worship as they build their homes. Just like in ancient Israel, the presence of the temple is a symbol of God's presence among us.
Once a priest was in a church getting ready for Mass. A woman, who evidently was spiritually broken, came crashing down in the church. Her sobbing could win the sympathy of the most hardened of hearts.
After a long period of weeping, the woman looked up and saw the priest standing by her and looking down with a prayerful gaze. She said, “At last I came in a place I felt safe and peace.” She went on to say she wasn’t a believer, but when walking by that church, she felt like coming in to find peace.
She explained that the aura of the church offered her what no place she had been to could offer. She was grateful there was a church whose doors were open for the broken hearted to come in and find peace.
The church building reminds me that God is among us. Much so, if the Blessed Sacrament is in that sacred space.
God spoke through the lips of Haggai thousands of years ago: “Go up into the hill country; bring timber, and build the house. That I may take pleasure in it and receive my glory, says the LORD” (Haggai 1:7-8). He reminded the people, as they live in classy homes, they shouldn’t allow His house to be in ruin (v. 4).
Remember, when God is glorified, the earth is blessed for it. As you prioritize the comforts of your home, have you also prioritized the building or maintenance of your church?
Much more, our body is God’s temple (1 Cor 6:19). Keep it pure and classy.
May God give us the grace to make our hearts, the true temple, a home fitting for Him. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday Week 25 A: Hg 1:1-8; Lk 9:7-9]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.