At Mass on Thursday, September 23, the first reading was taken from the Prophet Haggai. This book is post-exilic. The Exile was from 602 BCE – 537 BCE. Now the Jewish People have re-established themselves in Jerusalem, rebuilt homes and entered the daily rhythm of life. However, the Jerusalem Temple still lies in ruins and the people do not seem concerned about this. They are so preoccupied with the stuff of every day that through the Prophet Haggai the Lord calls them to commit to the Temple rebuilding:
These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house. 3 Then the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai, saying: 4 Is it a time for you yourselves to live in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins? 5 Now therefore thus says the Lord of hosts “Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord.”(Haggai 1:3-5)
As I read these words, I was spurred to make my donation for Together In Action, which I did before writing the Perspective. This is the Annual Bishop’s Appeal where the money raised, funds various ministries in the Diocese and organizations beyond the Diocese. It is one of the ways that we build the Temple of the Lord, not made of wood and stone, but of living stones, the Body of Christ (see 1 Peter 2:1-10)
St Peter’s goal for 2021 is $52,403.00. To date we have reached 52.9% of this goal, $27,701.00. For those who have already contributed to TIA for 2021, thankyou. If you have not, and are able to, I would encourage you to make your donation donation HERE today.
In so doing we are bringing forward the ancient direction of Haggai as we continue to be the Church, building the House of the Lord beyond St Peter’s through Together in Action.