FR. ANDREW WRITES:-
‘Peace to this house!’
The last week in this country has been far from peaceful, unsettling both in the political and sporting arena. As usual the media has played its part in whipping things up into a frenzy. Whatever the scale or pace of change in the world, there is one thing that doesn’t change and that is God. God is Love and that love doesn’t change because His love is boundless.
This point was brought to me powerfully some years ago when visiting a certain part of London. Most of the housing was from the 1960’s in uniform grey concrete, but at the end of the street stood a building from the 19th century, a pretty red brick Gothic style church. It was a survivor of demolition! There was something very reassuring about seeing the church on that street of architectural contrasts. It spoke of an earlier age, of values, beauty, a sense of belonging, rootedness and community.
‘Peace to this house!’ as Jesus says in today’s Gospel. That church was a house of peace, God’s house, an anchor in the storm, a rock, a place of refuge, a haven of peace. It also happened to be a Catholic church. Why was it peaceful? In every Catholic church, Jesus Christ is truly present in the tabernacle, he is the Prince of Peace.
So whatever is going on in the world we have the reassurance that Jesus is with us always but in a particularly special way he is present in the tabernacle in the church. He wants to share his peace with us. So next you time you pass the church, why not drop in for a prayer! You will find peace in his house.