Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Glory of the Lord Fills the Temple

Ezekiel has a vision today of the temple. He sees the glory of the Lord fill the Temple and he sees the footstool of God's Throne. While most of us have not received nor expect to receive mystical visions, this should not hold us back from entering into the truth of this passage from Ezekiel. Christ speaks today of humility telling us that this virtue will be exalted. Therefore it is through the lens of humility that we must reflect. The Dominican Sisters in Buffalo New York have adoration all day every day and it is open to the public. The monstrance in the sanctuary is tilted at an angle so that the cloistered nuns and the faithful can adore the Lord at the same time. The monstrance is not placed upon the altar but further back in the sanctuary upon a large pillar flanked by candles and the appropriate adornment. It is beautiful and reverent in its simplicity. This past year I had the honor of celebrating mass there a few times. After, I was required to expose the Blessed Sacrament. Sister told me to bring the lunet to the Throne and place it in the monstrance there and tilt it at an angle. The sisters call the pillar our Lord's Throne. The glory of the Lord fills his Temple humbly present in the Blessed Sacrament. You see how you can live the Word of God right now today in the midst of the modern world. Simply enter your Church and you will find your Eucharistic Lord seated upon his throne. His glory fills his temple. If you humbly go and visit him you will feel his presence. Do not worry about how long you should stay, or about what prayers you should say. Humbly visit him and he will exalt you.
In her canticle Blessed Mother proclaims that the Almighty has looked with favor on his lowly servant. The glory of the Lord fills his temple. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and she conceived the Son of God in her virginal womb. Mary is full of grace. She is the Lord's Temple. Jesus' throne is her Immaculate Heart. In order to enter into this truth we must imitate our Blessed Mother in her humility. Then the Almighty will look with favor upon us as well. The Father will pour out the Holy Spirit to remind us and teach us all that the Son has revealed to us. Then Jesus will take his rightful place in our lives. He will be enthroned upon our hearts. This is the truth of our life. This is the Father's will. It is the will of the Son, and that of the Holy Spirit. It is not just some mystical vision of an Old Testament prophet. But instead the cause of joy, hope and comfort in our lives. Mary our Mother is our teacher and example in her humility. We can and ought to follow her humble example then and pray to the Most Holy Trinity, "Behold the servant of the Lord. Let it be done unto me according to your Word."

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