Post By Elaine Sells
Throughout time, humans have been obsessed with all things large and grandiose. In ancient times, the pyramids were the quintessential example of this, massive structures built to deify pharaohs. The Colosseum, Parthenon, and other ancient wonders draw visitors to this day. The new Holy Places with Abundant Reverence in our time, are towering skyscrapers, glittering metropolises, and larger-than-life government buildings. Even our homes are significantly larger: The average square footage of a house in 1920 was 1,048, as compared to 2,657 square feet in 2014. But bigger is better, right?
Have you visited cathedrals in Mexico? Paris? Washington? Do you experience them as places of abundant reverence, of unspeakable peace? Among the stained-glass windows, the storied history of those sacred places, do you feel closer to God?
God is Not Limited
But God is not any more present in our beautiful cathedrals than he is in our small churches. St. Paul's is one of those Holy Places with Abundant Reverence, sustained by its faithful parishioners. God is just as present with volunteers with Feed the Hungry, Patronato Pro Ninos and Centro Infantil de los Angeles. Ministries of stewardship are not always contained by four walls and a roof, but where two or three are gathered together. God is present in nursing homes, church missions, in school chapels, and on military bases. God is not limited to a worship schedules, one day of the week, or the spatial confines of high, holy places.
King Solomon encapsulated that in 1 Kings 8:27, where he said, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house I have built!” And Jesus reminds us of this in our Gospel: When we wrap ourselves up in the worship of anything other than God, we will be led astray.
For reflection …
Where are your Holy Places with Abundant Reverence, when you feel closest to God?
What kind of stewardship can you participate in that will build a holy place in the heart of God and this world?