Beauty in Architecture

This will be the best 12 minutes of your month. Please, please watch this.

Brief theological point. If anyone ever asks you why the Church has buildings and artwork and garments that are so ornate when there are so many without food or shelter, remember that Jesus Himself addressed this issue in Mark 14.

While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head. But some were indignantly remarking to one another, ‘Why has this perfume been wasted? For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.’ And they were scolding her. But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me. She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.’”

The Church is His Body. The Mass is the celebration of His death and Resurrection. Let us anoint Him with the perfume of our art, with the very best we have, before we enter with Him into the Sacred Mysteries of His Love.

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1 Response to Beauty in Architecture

  1. I’ve also thought that beautiful churches are putting Our Lord’s words of Mt 6:19-21 into action. People can spend their treasure on themselves, or use it to glorify God. It’s Jesus’ way of saying “put your money where your mouth is”.

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