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dc.contributor.authorWirth, Eileenen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 501en_US
dc.description.abstractWhen I was young, it was fashionable to question why we even needed church buildings to worship. Couldn't we find God just as well at a lake or park? Today's readings provoke reflection on whether sacred spaces are important.||In the first reading, the Maccabees cleanse their temple before worshiping; in the second, Jesus drives the money changers from the temple. If we can find God anywhere, possibly even shopping malls, what difference does it make that people were selling things in the temple?||At one time, I would have said worship places per se are no big deal. The older I get, the more I understand why we need sacred spaces to lead sane lives.||Instinctively, I think of what St. John's Church, that wonderful gray gothic stone edifice that has stood guard over the Creighton campus for a century, has meant in my life. It's amazing how much emotional baggage gets invested in your church building. When I enter St. John's for Saturday evening Mass, I'm reminded of:||"Rousing Saturday midnight guitar Masses during the 1970's when we could stay awake that late! ||"Joyful Christmas Eve Midnight Masses when the 90-minute musical prelude and liturgy ends much too soon.||"Stopping in to visit when I was teaching part time and praying that I would get my current faculty position.||"The annual Mass of the Holy Spirit which always rededicates me to our Jesuit educational mission and sense of community.||"Sitting in St. John's and reflecting in the absolute quiet when I have a major problem or project." ||It's no wonder that on 9-11, a thousand people jammed St. John's for noon Mass. They knew they would find there what they've always found at times of crisis: comfort, community, strength for the journey and a reminder of eternal values.||Maybe gathering in Rigge Science Auditorium would have had the same impact but I doubt it. Perhaps God doesn't need sacred spaces -but we do!en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherPresentation of the Blessed Virgin Maryen_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, November 21, 2003: Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (33rd week in Ordinary Time).en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitJournalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWirth, Eileen M.en_US Timeen_US 33en_US
dc.subject.local11 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59en_US
dc.subject.local21 Chronicles 29:10bcd, 11abc, 11d-12a, 12bcden_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 19:45-48en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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