Newsletter for Sunday, 7th July 2013

5 Jul

THE HARVEST IS GREAT BUT THE LABOURERS ARE FEW

When we think of the Temple in Jerusalem, we think of a building, a place to encounter God in prayer and within that Temple was the Ark of the Covenant, the sign of God’s presence among the people and a reminder that God had always been in the history of His people, that He had always accompanied their journey and guided their steps. We must remember our own story: that Jesus has met me, Jesus has walked with me, how Jesus loves and blesses me.

 

What was prefigured in that ancient Temple is carried out, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the Church. The Church is the ‘house of God’, the place of His presence.  The Temple was built by the hands of men “to give God a home”. With the incarnation of the Son of God, it is God himself who ‘builds His house’ to come and dwell among us.  Christ is the living Temple of the Father and Christ himself builds his ‘spiritual house’ the Church, not out of material stones but out of the ‘living stones’ that are you and I. … This is beautiful! We are the living stones of the building of God, profoundly united to Christ who is the supporting stone, the rock of support in our lives—and also our support between one another, a ‘living’ Church.

 

It is the Holy Spirit, with His gifts, who designs the variety that is the Church’s wealth and that joins everything and everyone.  The Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, the Temple in which God works, the Temple in which each of us, with the gift of Baptism, is a living stone. This tells us that no one is useless in the Church, no-one is anonymous and no-one is secondary … we are all necessary to building this Temple!  But this also invites us to reflect on the fact that, if the brick of our Christian life is missing, something is missing in the beauty of the Church.

 

So how do we live as building blocks of the Church?  Are we ‘living’ stones or are we tired, bored or indifferent stones? Such a Christian isn’t good. Such a Christian isn’t attractive.  A Christian must be alive, joyful to be Christian! We must live this beauty of being part of the people of God, which is the Church. Are we open to the Holy Spirit’s action, to being an active part in our community, or are we wrapped up in ourselves, saying: ‘I have so many things to do. That’s not my job’?

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