Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a twentieth-century Jesuit philosopher, prayed offers this prayer: “Since once again, Lord, I have neither bread nor wine nor altar, I will raise myself beyond these symbols, up to the pure majesty of the real itself; I, your priest, will make the whole earth my altar and on it will offer you all the labors and suffering of the world.”
On Sunday we begin Holy Week in a way we’ve never begun Holy Week. The altars at St. James’ will stand bare and the pews will not be filled. But Pierre Teilhard de Chardin reminds us that the whole earth is our altar, that in this time of being homebound, we need only cast our eyes upon any surface – the dinner table, the bedside table, a backyard ledge, even a flat rock – to find an altar from which to worship God. This week, you are invited to create your own home altar in order to mark the days of Holy Week. Find a space to make holy. It need only be a small corner, but a place set aside for your prayers and your worship. You can use this altar to lay out your Holy Week @ Home items. You can use this altar for your daily prayers. You can use this altar beyond this week and beyond this sheltering. For more ideas on home altars, I commend to you this article: https://rowsofsharon.com/2020/03/24/making-an-altar-for-home/.
As we move into the sacredness of this time, look for the glimpses of God. They are everywhere as there is no structure, no one place that can contain the majesty and mystery of the Living God. Look for glimpses, and when you see them, give thanks for this opportunity to deepen our awareness and connection to the One for whom our altars are created.