12 April 2020 |
Father James Wallace
Letters from a Pastor to His People- April 12, 2020
Do you remember last year what we were mourning during Holy Week? What the great tragedy of our world was? It was the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Though It doesn't seem as bad now, since the entire church wasn't destroyed, and particularly in light of our current calamity with the Coronavirus, the burning of Notre Dame is still, in my mind, one of the great calamities of mankind.
As I preached last year on Good Friday, a church building's fundamental purpose is to worship and glorify God. Thus, a church—something we produce through our own skills—is humanity's gift to God.
Notre Dame, the most beautiful church in the world, was humanity's greatest gift to God. Our gift to God, the best we could do, burned. It was incredibly sad, both for us and for God.
Interestingly, I read in the subsequent months of that tragedy, as life continued forward, about a small miracle associated with the fire.