Sometimes, as a people we have a tendency of forgetting what and who is the Church. Hopefully, this will help… It was my first homily after ordination and it was about The Church: “During formation one of my classmates asked me what I thought about Church, I told him to let me sleep on it and I’d give him an answer the next time we had class. That night I had a dream. In my dream I walked into a beautiful church. The floor was made of diamonds; the walls, windows and ceiling were made from beautiful jewels. The altar was made from solid gold, and on the altar was a golden chalice; levitating above the chalice was the Holy Eucharist. In the front pew was a man, a woman, a child, a levitating infant, an old man and a woman in a wheelchair. As I was admiring the beautiful church a voice boomed from the altar, “Son of man, what do you think of my Church? I answered, “Lord, it’s beautiful with diamond floors, with walls, windows and ceilings made of beautiful jewels and a golden altar with a gold chalice.” “Enough!!” Boomed the voice; “is that what you see? Have I taught you nothing?” At these very words there was a huge explosion! The stained glass windows exploded outward, the ceiling started to fall and crumble, fire broke out and destroyed everything in sight. After the smoke cleared, all I saw was a broken down altar made from clay, the gold chalice was now a tin can, but the Eucharist was still levitating above it, and untouched was the man, woman, child, infant, old man and woman in the wheelchair. The voice came again from the altar, “now son of man…what do you see?” I replied, “I see a man and a woman. I see a child and an infant. I see an elderly man and a woman in a wheelchair, worshiping you O Lord.” “Yes”, the voice replied, “this is my Church, not a building or structure, but the very people that stand before me, that cry out to me, that praise me, that receive my body and blood. That are baptized as my children, with water and the Holy Spirit. This is what my Son has taught; this is The Church. My spirit does not come upon brick, stone or wood…but into the heart and soul of men and women…as one body; and so I am with them, as they are with me”. So you see, churches are nice to look at and worship in…but the focus should be on God and his Son, and the real Church…is in the pews.
Until next time…may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and always remember to pray for one another. Luv ya!