God’s Presence

First Reading: 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30
Psalm: Ps 84:3, 4, 5 and 10, 11
Gospel: Mk 7:1-13

One need not go to Jerusalem, Lourdes or Fatima to find God and
discover his presence among us. Solomon realized this when he
offered his prayer at the dedication of the Temple he built for God
to dwell in: “If the highest heavens cannot contain you, my God,”
Solomon prayed, “how much less this Temple that I have built.”

God is everywhere in his creation, for all things come from God and
bear his creative presence. All things are sacred. God is present
in the Book of Sacred Scripture; we know this for ultimately he is
the author of Scripture. But is he not the author of all the books
that men and women publish, of all the music they compose?

All things are sacred. The ground we stand and walk on today is
holy ground, the air we breathe is the breath of God, the sunrise
and sunset we delight in, he paints. Simple bread and ordinary wine
are holy even before they become food and drink for eternity, before
they re-create in our midst the Christian Passover. All we touch
today and use are hallowed things.

God is not and cannot be limited. We need only set free the senses
of our souls to taste and feel and smell and hear and perceive the
spiritual reality embedded in the material world in the midst of
which we live.