Sacredness of the Ordinary

“When the crucifixion of Jesus is dramatized in the Gospels, we have this very interesting image of the tearing of the temple veil from top to bottom. Now the word for temple is fanum. Everything outside the temple was pro fanum. (Hence we get our word “profane.”) There was “the holy” and it was distinguished from “the unholy.” The tearing of the temple veil from top to bottom is saying that division of life is over (Matt. 27:51). Everything is now potentially the fanum, the holy. There is nothing that is not spiritual. There is nothing to which God is not available and given, which is the core meaning of the Incarnation.”  Richard Rohr

Holy ground is always what’s under the heel.

 Celtic Christians believed we could find God’s glory, presence and purposes on the altar of the commonplace. That’s why they quietly said prayers for milking the cows, and washing the clothes, and preparing the meals. When we begin to live in such a way our lives become a ceaseless prayer (Phil. 4:6). Wiping up spilled milk becomes a sacred act. All lines between secular and holy vanish and we realize that life itself is holy and we begin to truly live it unto God. This causes all things to be celebratory. This reminds me of the country song, “Home was mama singing amazing grace as she hung up the wash.”

  1. Great thoughts Gail. It seems that embedded through entirety of the Story of Scripture is this message of God being seen in the mundane, unexpected and ordinary… It’s amazing we’ve allowed Him to become domesticated to church bells, steeples and those isolated moments of “Quiet Time”.

    I like your connection to the Celtics view of common-sacredness… Got any good resource recommendations Celtic spirituality?


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