Week of March 3, 3013

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In today’s scripture reading from the Book of Exodus Moses sees a bush that is on fire, but not consumed. That is an something that would make any of us curious. As Moses approaches the bush God calls to him and orders him, “Come no nearer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Flor McCarthy writes the following reflection on this notion of “holy ground.”

All the earth that God gave us is holy ground and deserves to be treated with respect. But the holiest ground of all is within us.

First of all the body is holy. Our body is the work of God. That is reason enough for respecting the body. He says, “Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.”

The mind is holy ground. Many people will their minds every day with all kinds of trash derived from television, radio, newspapers, and so on. In the words of Thoreau: “How willing peple are to lumber their minds with rubbish – to permit idle rumors and trivial incidents to intrude on ground which should be sacred to thought. Shall the mind be a public arena, or shall it be a quarter of heaven itself?” We should strive to follow the advice of St. Paul: “Fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honor, everything that can be thought virtuous and worthy of praise.” (Phil4:8)

But the holiest ground of all is that of the heart. In our times there is a huge preoccupation with outer cleanness. There is a danger of neglecting inner cleanness, or cleanness of heart. It is from the heart that all our thoughts, words, and deeds flow like water from a hidden spring. If the spring is clean, then all that flows from it will be clean. So we must try to keep the heart clean and pure. It is especially on this holy ground that we will see and meet God. In the words of Jesus: “Blessed are the pure of heart: they will see God.” (Taken from New Sunday & Holy Day
Liturgies)

Where is the holy ground in your life? Do you show that holy ground the respect that it deserves?

Thank you to those who have returned your pledge card for the parish. If you have not returned your pledge card yet, please take time to fill it out and return it to the parish office.

A week ago Saturday the cub scouts had their Blue and Gold dinner. As they called forward the people who volunteered in some aspect of the scouting endeavor I was struck by how many were involved. There was a long line of people. It reminded me of the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

When everyone realizes they are Church and shares in the life of the Church our Church becomes holy ground.

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