Pastor's Letter - March 4, 2018

After King David had established himself firmly in Jerusalem, he sought to build a suitable temple in which the Ark of the Covenant could be placed (it was still housed in a tent). But through the Prophet Nathan, he was told that the temple would be built by his son Solomon. And so, about a thousand years before the birth of the Messiah, Solomon constructed the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem was partially destroyed and rebuilt several times. Then, some 15 years or so before the birth of Jesus, King Herod began the reconstruction of the Temple. It was restored to an even greater splendor than the original built by Solomon. This was the Temple that Jesus “cleansed” by chasing out the money-changers and merchants. It was meant to be a House of Prayer, and they had made it a den of thieves. As glorious as the Jerusalem Temple was, the simplest Catholic Church is greater: for within each of our churches is the very Lord Himself. Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Most Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle, is present here. If the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem was a House of Prayer, how much more so is our own church! Lent is a time for us to seek a more fervent prayer life. What better way to make this Lent a true season of grace than to make a visit with the Lord, and to spend some time in prayer before Him! And there are so many things for which we should pray. Certainly we should pray for our country, and for our president and other leaders, that a peaceful means might be discovered to bring justice where there is strife. We can pray for the needs of our families, many of whom struggle greatly because of economic difficulties or because of the many temptations which this world presents. And we can pray for ourselves, that my heart and my life might be conformed more perfectly to that of Christ. What a gift we have in our own beautiful Church of Saints Peter & Paul! But it is the Lord’s Presence that truly makes it a “House of Prayer.”

May God bless you!
Fr. Schaller