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May 08
It’s Time to Build Your Spiritual House

Craig Fernandes, a former seminarian at St. Augustine’s Seminary, is now an engineering Master’s student at the University of Toronto.

The Catholic Church is more than a collection of buildings. Our Church is not just made up of physical stones, but of “living stones,” as we hear in the readings this Sunday. 

St. Peter exhorts us saying, “Beloved: Come to the Lord, a living stone … chosen and precious in God’s sight. Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2: 4-5). 

In the time of Jesus, a large emphasis was placed on the Temple in Jerusalem as it was revered as the most sacred place to pray and offer sacrifice. Rather than placing significance solely on physical buildings, St. Peter emphasizes the importance of allowing Jesus to turn our very selves into spiritual houses; houses that have Christ as the chief corner stone (1 Peter 2: 7).

These words can be especially comforting during this time of pandemic as our physical parish buildings are closed out of prudence and charity. In acknowledging our inability to gather as a community or share in the sacraments, let us cling to the truth that acts of prayer and worship are not confined to the geographic limits of a particular building.

By preparing our interior spiritual houses, the communal celebration waiting for us at the end of this pandemic will be all the more grace filled. Jesus is longing for us to visit Him, let us do so by praying to Him in the silence of our hearts. 

In this time, let us ask for God’s grace to cement ourselves as living stones, building up the spiritual house of God within us. 

Summary

The Catholic Church is more than a collection of buildings. Our Church is not just made up of physical stones, but of “living stones,” as we hear in the readings this Sunday. In acknowledging our inability to gather as a community or share in the sacraments, let us cling to the truth that acts of prayer and worship are not confined to the geographic limits of a particular building. 

Jesus is longing for us to visit Him, let us do so by reflecting on His presence already within us as we truly become living stones. 

Readings

First Reading: Acts 6.1-7
Second Reading: 1 Peter 2.4-9
Gospel:                 John 14.1-12 - Jesus the Way to the Father

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