All of us would agree with today’s Responsorial Psalm where it says,
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this I seek: to dwell in the House of the Lord all the days of my life, that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and contemplate his temple.”
Many mornings when I come to the altar at St. Vincent’s Hospital I have a great feeling of being privileged to be there.
How about you? Do you have great feelings on ordinary days when you find yourself in God’s house, gazing on his tabernacle?
As well as good feelings on ordinary days, have you any special memories of joy at finding yourself in God’s house?
Let me mention a day when I experienced special happiness. On my trip across the Pacific on a freighter in 1952 for three weeks I had used the chest of drawers in my cabin for my daily Mass. Then, in the middle of September, landing in Yokohama, and getting a jeep ride up to Tokyo, as I was entering the Columban Father’s headquarters, I heard the priests singing the Tantum Ergo for Benediction before dinner. Coming into the back of the chapel was like walking into heaven.