Quiet. Serene. Peace. Those were the thoughts I experienced after attending Mass this morning with the monks from St. Meinrad in the deep hearth of southern Indiana. I'm here for a couple of days on a retreat for pastoral musicians. The church itself is an amazing structure of brick, plaster, marble and tile. But what makes it truly "church" for me was worshiping with the monks and other guests at daily Mass. Chanting the psalm response and acclamations, centering myself to receive Christ. The gospel talked about a mustard seed, about how something so small and so insignificant could grow into something greater than most plants.
That is God's plan for all of us. To be extraordinary in our ordinary life. To engage in our own sacred space and experience Christ. To be the living church in the world. But in doing so, we need to cultivate our own mustard seed, giving it its own sacred space to grow, to be nurtured... to thrive...to live.
How is your sacred space? How is your mustard seed growing?