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Henderson John 2015 2016February 16 , 2017

Greetings,

I hope you are well and I pray that you are happy. St. Paul tells the Corinthians: “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.” Over the years I have been in many Sacred and holy places. I have seen beautiful Basilicas filled with very rich art of some very holy people. I have seen very colorful stain glass windows of saints like Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, Vincent DePaul, Elizabeth Ann Seaton and so many more. When I reflect on the many statues that fill churches throughout the world I think and reflect on their holiness and profound dedication and commitment to God.

I come to understand St. Paul’s words that you and I are temples of God and that the Spirit dwells in us. We do not always consider ourselves as temples but maybe we should. As we enter a sacred place and are in awe and wonder so to when we see one another we should have that same feeling that we are in the presence of God. Just imagine how we would respect and love one another, knowing that the Holy Spirit is alive.

If I am a Temple of God then I treat my own body as sacred and take care of myself. I realize that not having a good diet and rest can be destructive. Just as maintenance cleans and dust our church so I must clean and wash this temple, my body and soul. Seeing myself as sacred I also see you, my sister and brother in Christ as holy. If I destroy God’s temple then I myself will be destroyed and I will find myself lonely and lost. We belong to God and God alone and if we listen, we know how important that is.

Our respect and love for others extends even to those who we consider our enemies. Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father.”

This week spend some time with another person and take a good look at him or her and know that you are in the presence of God. You are talking with a holy person. Do not judge or make your own assessment just realize that he or she is a child of God. Leave everything else in God’s hands. Have a great week!

Your friend,

Fr. John