A white, crushed-velvet chair in the family living room is a favorite childhood memory of Fr. Steven Voss, our Pastor. In the young Steven’s eyes that chair seemed like a throne or a place the Pope might sit. The chair was reserved only for very important people or special days. On the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, and remembering how Jesus drove the money-changers and marketers out of the temple in JN 2:13-22, Fr. Steven reminds us to ask: “Is Jesus seated on a throne upon our hearts? Or are there other things there that need to be cleansed out?”
Jesus also refers to his own body as a temple in the Gospel. Remember, we are temples too. Material concerns and the lies of evil can distract us from the journey to eternal joy. “We need to cleanse with the same zeal as Jesus Christ,” says Fr. Steven. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” A start could be the Sacrament of Reconciliation or asking the Lord in the Eucharist to restore Him. “The truth is this: God is wild about you,” says Fr. Steven. “He thinks about you day in and day out. He wishes the very best for you. He has only one desire: That you dwell with Him in the Kingdom of Heaven for all eternity by your own free will.” Click on the video above or on this link to hear Fr. Steven Voss’s full homily of November 9, 2014 via YouTube.