I have been lucky enough to attend Mass in 16 different countries and all 50 states. The churches have ranged from the massive cathedrals of Europe to a small shack of a building in the jungle of West Africa. I have attended Mass with over a million people at world youth day and daily Masses where it was only me and the presider.
Each of these places was and is holy and sacred place. Each of these experiences has been literally miraculous.
When walking into a church I have never been to before, I love the combination the new and the familiar. The shape and art work of each new place is different, but regardless of location and culture there are things that simply feel at home. The stories in the stained glass, the images of Jesus and Mary, the Stations of the Cross, and the placement of the altar. They all feel like home because they are connected.
As beautiful and connected as these places are, they pale in comparison to our neighbor. In today’s second reading it states “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
These churches are amazing, but they are nothing compared to the living tabernacle that we are. For me this becomes an important reminder in how I need to see myself.
It is easy to see my faults, failings, and frailties. How quickly I forget that have been made to be a temple of God. I beat myself up and put myself down forgetting what God has made me for.
Today my simple prayer is, “Lord help me to remember that you have created me to be your temple. Help me to ask in a way that is worthy of that temple. Help me to love myself enough to know that is true.”