TOWARDS A SPIRITUALITY OF THE HEART:
Part 1. SACRED PLACES AND SPACES: An Essay written by Fr.Kevin Walsh
In chapter three of the Book of Exodus, verses 1-6, we see Moses tending the flock of Jethro in the area of the
Holy Mountain of the Lord God; in the Sinai Desert. Moses notices a strange event….the Burning Bush, and is hence caught by the intrigue of this phenomenon; he goes forward to investigate it. Notice that Moses is drawn to explore; there is something within him which has responded to this invitation. In his movement towards the Burning Bush, the Lord God sees him doing this, and then Moses hears his name being called….’ Moses, Moses, Come no nearer, take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand is Holy Ground.’ Exodus 3: 4.
Now let’s take this all in, and examine what is happening here, because I believe that the process at work
here between the Lord God and Moses, is similar to what happens in us when we meet the ‘sacred’, or rather, and I think that it is more correct to say, that it is when the ‘sacred’ meets us; when we come upon the Lord God. I remember seeing a Poster in St.Paul’s Bookshop here in Sydney many years ago, and it said..’ We could not have found God, unless God had found us first’….very true. Let’s also remember that Jesus is the human face of the Father. So when do we encounter the Lord? In Sacrament, in His Word, and within the Community, which is the living Body of Christ. Let’s never forget the words of Jesus, “Whenever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in their midst!” So, the holiness is within that moment, and at that place, in
communion with another or others, which makes the place, and time “Sacred” or “Holy”.
This is a taste of the Essay, TOWARDS A SPIRITUALITY OF THE HEART….read the full version in the READINGS TAB, plus there are other interesting Essays, and information as well!
Cheers, Fr.Kev 🙂