Like most people, I was saddened to see Notre Dame Cathedral in flames, and equally relieved to learn that most of it had been salvaged.
But even if had burned to the ground, it would not have been as great a tragedy as takes place routinely throughout the world. And I mean, wherever human life is taken violently, or demeaned, as so often happens in our “culture of death.” One - just one abortion - is ultimately much sadder than if all the cathedrals in the world burned to the ground.
One day, Jesus was surveying the splendor of the Temple in Jerusalem, which must have been quite a sight in those days. He certainly “rattled some cages” when He said,
“Destroy this temple and I will raise it again it again in three days.” -John 2:19
He was, of course, referring to His own body and predicting His bodily Resurrection. Most of his listeners thought he was losing his mind. On the contrary, we know that He was in total control of His thought processes.
Equally, we know that this powerful season of Easter is meant to be celebrated and to be truly observed. It should change everything!
But, just as with Christmas, the world ‘moves on’ after Easter, and gets distracted by whatever is ‘trending.’ Yet, the only thing that really should matter to us, is that Jesus did rise from the dead. The “temple” was raised again in three days.
Whether or not it takes three months or three years to restore Notre Dame, ultimately makes little difference.
However, what you and I do with the knowledge that Jesus has conquered sin and death, makes all the difference.
St. Paul got it so right, as he did in most things;
“If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in you, then He will raise your mortal bodies to life also, through His Spirit alive in you.” -Romans 8:11
Is your “temple” going to be raised when you die?