Today is the feast of the cathedral church of Rome, the oldest basilica in the Western world. Tourists will often remove their shoes, cover their heads and remain silent in this holy place to show respect. Yet, although deserving our reverence, we need to remember what is most important. St. Paul reminds us that we are the temple of God and are holy. There is no need to waste months or years of our lives searching outside of us when the source of holiness—the Holy Spirit—already dwells inside of us. Can we honor and be grateful for our sanctity and wash the feet of one another in loving service? We may cover our heads, but what judgmental or negative thoughts crawl underneath? Can we be silent, when necessary, and quell negative explosions and unjust criticisms?
If we merely honor a basilica today, we miss the most important point. Today, as we honor a basilica, let’s make it an occasion that transforms us more deeply into living temples of God.
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