In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? [John 14:2]
With Christ’s ascension into Heaven, we are given the hope of one day joining Him there for eternity. Let us ask ourselves, as Christ prepares a place for each of us, what sort of dwelling place do we provide for our Lord in our lives on earth? As we continue to celebrate the Easter Season with the Ascension of Jesus, now is the time to build on our 40 days of Lenten penance.
Heart and Soul
Hopefully, we have cleared away our interior obstacles to allow our Lord to dwell within the heart and soul of our lives. Jesus is “able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them” [Hebrews 7:25]. With Christ’s intercession, we are assured of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The fellowship of the Holy Spirit provides us the support we need in our heart and soul to fortify our lives, giving us a solid foundation of faith, hope, and love. That foundation enables us to continue with Christ’s mission of loving mercy and redemption. “Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,” said Jesus to His followers [John 14:12].
Truly we have work to do because in the busyness of our lives, do we neglect Christ’s mission and the dwelling place we provide for our Lord? Perhaps we can see the symbolism in the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral. Although badly damaged, the House of God remains standing, but is in great need of loving care and daily attention.
A Loving Dwelling Place
Our Blessed Mother can help us. Through her life and love for God, Mary provided the perfect dwelling place for our Lord. Yes, by her Immaculate Conception, Mary was free from sin and the perfect human being. Mary was the only human being as closely united with the Holy Trinity as humanly possible, according to St. Maximilian Kolbe. Therefore, the closer we are to Mary in heart and soul, the more sinless we become and the more holiness enters our lives as we live our faith by sharing the love of God and the hope of salvation.
Like Mary, when we seek first the Kingdom of God and all His righteousness, the temptation of sin does not have a hold on us. Life takes on a whole new meaning and purpose in unity with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We experience a transformation that allows our inner goodness to come through us by the way we live and treat ourselves and treat one another. As we participate in Christ’s mission, our lives conform to the way, the truth, and the life of our Lord, making our lives and our world a more loving dwelling place for our Lord, for ourselves, and for humanity.