Tuesday Thirty-Fourth Week Ordinary Time
Luke 21: 5-11
All School Mass
Who knows where the original Church of Holy Spirit is?
What is left of the original Church is now the present library. The original Church was built in 1959.
The Church we are in now was built in 1994 and was dedicated on Pentecost Sunday, May 22, 1994.
There are many things in our lives that we want to last forever, but there is only one thing that will last forever!
(Put on screens the picture of the Temple)
In our Gospel, Jesus is standing in front of the Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple was the heartbeat of the Jewish people. On this day, some people were also standing by Jesus, and they were speaking about how beautiful the building was as they talked about all the gold, limestone, and cypress wood used to build the Temple. It was the most magnificent building of its time. Jesus says, “Why are you standing here admiring this building when it is all going to be torn down, and not a stone will be left on another stone.”
(Show the picture of what is left of the Temple)
Forty years after Jesus’s death, Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed by the Romans. For many Jews, this must have seemed like the end of the world as they knew it.
The section we are looking at is part of the foundation, and it is called the Wailing Wall. I have been here are few times, and at this section of this wall, people pray. (Show picture of paper stuck into the walls of the cracks.) What people do is write a prayer on a piece of paper, and you push your prayer into a crack in the wall.
There are many things that do not last, but one thing that does last is God’s love for us. Jesus gives of Himself whenever we gather in the Eucharist. There is no better place to learn of His love than here in our outstanding school. So may we come to know more and more of God’s eternal love for us.