On Sunday, June 2, the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost, we'll be talking about Sacred Space. As Christians, we believe that we are Sacred Space, each of us a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Though we have free will, we are not our own; so we can never be truly happy when we choose to go our own way, trying to sever the bonds of Grace and self-sacrificing love that bind us to our heavenly Father. And, of course, we can't sever ...them. For in Romans 8 we read, "38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (NIV) Even we ourselves, at our most rebellious and hateful, cannot separate ourselves from God's unconditional love!
When we, the Church, gather in our place of worship, Markham Lutheran Church, where Jesus Christ is revealed in Word and Sacrament, it is Sacred Space. Our weekly meeting there with our Triune God in which we are strengthened and encouraged to face the coming week, and whatever it dishes out, through hearing God's Word and eating and drinking the bread and the wine, our Savior's true Body and Blood, enables us to see how other spaces are made sacred, as well, when he enters them through us: our homes, our work places, our schools, the places where we enjoy our leisure time--all of these become Sacred Space when we remember that we are children of God and reflect the love and Grace of our Father to others. As we continue to walk daily with him, we are being prepared for citizenship in the ultimate Sacred Space: the Kingdom of God in the New Heaven and the New Earth.