Posted 23 March 2010 - 12:36 PM
As I briefly look again at this thread, I ask myself "Why do men build Cathedrals, Churches, carve statues or paint icons? Is it not to leave an inheritance or a remembrance or a monument to themselves? I remember the verse of the Psalm "Unless God build the house in vain do the builders, build!" (?) Our Lord Himself spoke in the Gospel that not one stone will be left of the Temple of Jerusalem (?) Why? because all humanly made items are somehow "idols" like the tower of Babel! All seem to lead to confusion in one way or another, to the mixing of tongues and languages so that no one understands the other anymore!
It is the inner Temple of our souls with which we are to be concerned, and the Living God who indwells our lives "Do you not know that you are them Temple of the Holy Spirit?" (?) A sedentary people tend to build monuments to themselves, while nomadic people leave little behind to be remembered. Perhaps we of the 21st Century need to again become nomadic peoples, pilgrims, exiles from Paradise in order to recognize how foolish all the "hoop-la" becomes at the moment of death!
The Holy Week is upon us! What is of importance? Is it statues, icons, material things, or the re-enterring upon the Mystical Journey to Jerusalem where Christ, Our Lord Jesus will suffer and be crucified again for our salvation? All I can say is that I hope to leave all the monuments to the false self behind, and enter with Christ Jesus into the Reality of "the Way of the Cross which leads to the Resurrection and Theosis/transformation into Christ."
Who of us can truly say as St. Paul did "It is no longer I that lives, but Christ who lives in me"? The New Life to which the Lenten has led us!