Monday, October 13, 2008

The Sanctuary Lamp

When you walk into a Catholic Church, what’s the first thing you look for? The sanctuary lamp. We don’t look for it because of its beauty; we look for it because it points us to Christ. And most notice it just long enough for it to direct their attention to something infinitely more important.

The lamp’s flame is simple, small, humble, and sometimes hard to see – but it’s always there burning. Whether the church is full or completely empty, the candle burns for no other reason than to fulfill its purpose of directing people’s attention to Christ. It performs its duty and then fades into the background.

There’s a lot to learn from the sanctuary lamp. I can’t think of a better way to live my life. I just wish it wasn’t so difficult.


J. Thorp said...

Great post, Serviam!

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Good one. I look for it first thing and then show the kids and say, "Look! Jesus is HERE! Let's kneel and say hello to Jesus!"