By Fr. Earl Henley, MSC
During the month of November we have some special days to find our HOUSE. November 1st is AB Saints; November 2nd is All Souls’ Day. The end of the month, the 24th are big days for us as Catholics-Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and on the 28th is Thanksgiving Day.
When Jesus refers to “my house,” we can understand it in different ways. The Temple in Jerusalem was seen as a house of God. Indeed, Jesus declares these words while cleansing the Temple. Let us see how we can understand these words in a deeper way.
My house shall be a house of prayer. Our families are part of the house of God. In fact, each family unit is said to be a “domestic church,” a church in miniature where each family forms a unique environment; where everyone can grow in holiness together. So it is important to take advantage of every opportunity to do that—- Whether it is praying at meals, reading Scripture, participating in Sacraments or serving the poor together.
My house shall be a house of prayer. The wider people of God-the Church-is also a house in which God dwells. This includes our fellow parishioners, the people we work alongside in ministry, and the people we share fellowship with. They are all brothers and sisters, so we should show them the respect and honor they deserve. Even if they favor a different spirituality than we do, they remain precious in the eyes of the Lord. So pray with them and for them. Remember also, that God wants to bring all people into his house, so treat everyone you meet as a potential “household member”!
My house shall be a house of prayer. The physical structure in which you attend Mass every Sunday or during the week- is literally God’s house. It is more than a building. It is a holy place where you can find Jesus, present in the Tabernacle. It is a sacred place especially during the Mass, when Jesus comes to us in the form of bread and wine. Your church may not be the wealthiest place. The building may not be the greatest design or the most elegant style. But whatever it looks like and wherever it is, Jesus is present there. Don’t ignore the incredible gift!
In our prayer today, thank Jesus for all the different ways he is present to you. May we treasure every “house of prayer” that Christ has given to us! “Lord, thank you for coming to dwell with me!”
And finally, A Spiritual Companion said: That it is in living that we become Healed, Whole, and Holy. It is the very living out of life’s daily experiences, with the attitude of “Letting Go”, of “Letting Be” that we will be made saints, because we are allowing the Lord to incarnate ourselves in our Body, Soul, and Spirit. From Brother Theodore.
Noshun Lovik – Peace to you
FR. EARL HEANLEY, MSC (California Community)
Father Earl professed his first vows on September 13, 1964 and was ordained on September 6, 1969. He is working in San Jacinto, California as Pastor of St. Joseph Mission.