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Friday, 09 November 2012 20:33

Mystery may trouble the mind but it warms the heart.  The inability to explain a mystery may be a scandal to some, it may be an indifferent concern for others who tend to see the world in terms of relationships, but one thing it tends to accomplish is to move souls in one direction or another.  We can not help but respond in some manner to the experience of mystery.  Mystery is about relationship, our relationship to the infinite mystery of the Trinity.  We stand in tension between this world and the next, our heavenly home, pulled by our heart towards God.  What my heart seeks is the opportunity to turn that tension into a welcome, an embrace within a holy space where the heart can be silent in the presence of God.

This longing can be well understood in terms of pilgrimage.  Dom Mark of the Silverstream Priory, on his blog Vultus Christi has placed this in the context of the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome.  He begins with the liturgy:

The liturgy summons us to make a pilgrimage of the heart. It is full of mysterious archetypes: thresholds and doors, stones and ladders, pillars and gates, fires and storms, trumpet blasts and mountains, water and blood. All of these resonate to the great central affirmation of the liturgy of the Dedication of a Church: "God is in his holy place" (Ps 67:6).  When we cross the threshold of a dedicated church, we pass into a mystic enclosure containing the uncontainable. We pass over into the space and time of God: a space filled by Him whom the heavens themselves cannot encompass, a time transcending the mean measurements of clocks and calendars.

Dom Mark follows with this most amazing quote "The Body of Christ is our Temple. To be in the Temple is to be in Christ. There we are certain of finding the Father; there we are certain of being overshadowed by the Holy Spirit."  The liturgy in the holy space of a Church is an earthly welcoming to the communion of saints.  Dom Mark goes on to speak of this as Divine Hospitality:

The Temple of Christ's Body is not the stage of great spectacle. It is the home of the little and of the poor. There, beggar and priest, harlot and levite, mingle and touch, held in the embrace of the Divine Hospitality. The sound that fills the living Temple is the immense symphony of the poor, the maimed, the lame, and the blind (Lk 14:13), all clothed in their wedding garments -- garments royal and priestly -- woven by the Holy Spirit to adorn the Body of Christ in the presence of the Father. Here, the sacred is familiar, and the familiar, sacred. "Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at thy altars, O Lord of hosts" (Ps 84:3-4).

Read the entire post HERE.

 

 

 


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