“Lord”, they said, “it is wonderful for us to be here, let us build three tents …..”
There is such a desire in us to build tents – static places that contain the Lord. Places we can visit and leave, notice or ignore but places beyond ourselves, at a safe remove.
Churches can be tents too in a way, places at that remove that we choose to visit to meet the Lord. In most parishes these are very historic buildings, the work of our ancestors.
In this parish we have churches like that but also churches of our time. It’s interesting that the two last churches built in the Diocese of Achonry were built in this parish – Kilkelly just over fifty years ago and Urlaur just short of fifty. Tents built in our time. Loved and respected and central as are the cherished memories of those who gave us Glann and Kilkelly.
These days we are thinking a lot about these churches and want always to reverence and respect all they stand for. Places of gathering, meeting the Lord and each other. We will do our best by them since, like the men of today’s Gospel we know that it “is wonderful for us to be here”.
We must nonetheless know that the Lord does not wish to reside only in “tents” but throughout our community and parish in the hearts of all right-minded and faithfilled
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