Speak Lord: Build us up


Didn’t you realise that you were God’s temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you? If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy him, because the temple of God is sacred; and you are that temple.

Make no mistake about it: if any one of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As scripture says: The Lord knows wise men’s thoughts: he knows how useless they are; or again: God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise. So there is nothing to boast about in anything human: Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life and death, the present and the future, are all your servants; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.

1 Corinthians 3:16-23

The reading above is the second reading that we will hear on Sunday, the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Basilica of St Therese of Lisieux, in Lisieux is designed and decorated to give expression to her faith and her spirituality.

However perfect we are – remember the Gospel of Sunday which we considered yesterday? – we are unlikely to be afforded such honour.

However we do reveal our faith, our spirituality in our daily living in our choices and our attitudes, in our being. We bring glory to the Temple – by God’s grace! And sometimes we besmirch and sully it.

  • In what way does your daily living show you to be temple of God?
  • How does the life of your parish community reveal Christ?
  • How does it obscure him?

Basilica of St Therese. Lisieux. (c) 2015, Allen Morris


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