You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit (Eph 2:19-22).
Besides Ephesians, the most enduring descriptions of the church are found in Acts 2:42-47, an idyllic summary of the life of the Jerusalem community; in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Paul’s teaching on the church as the body of Christ; and in Revelation 21:1-8, the aged John’s vision of the church in glory.
The language is stirring: fellow citizens with the holy ones, members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, a temple sacred in the Lord, the dwelling place of God in the Spirit. It doesn’t get any more beautiful.
The sacred author’s words take us beyond the limits of time and sin to the vision of a people touched by grace. This is important for us in this moment when we Catholics feel sadness and shame over the actions of a few and the devastation left behind for so many. Circumstances like these make us feel like strangers and sojourners, but we are not. We are members of the household of God.
Can you reflect today on the concluding verse of the hymn “For the Fruits of His Creation” especially:
For the harvests of his Spirit, Thanks be to God;
For the good all men inherit, Thanks be to God; …
Most of all, that Love has found us, Thanks be to God!
Let Us Pray:
Father, we pray for healing and hope. Through the holy bread of the Eucharist, may we come to share in the light of your glory.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)