Today, I was able to attend Daily Mass without any of my kids in tow. As anyone with kids knows, it's quite a treat to get to attend a Mass every once in a while by yourself.
I decided to sit as close to the front as possible, just to change things up a bit.
As I made my way to the front of the Church I immediately began to notice things inside the Church I had never seen before.
There were side altars with relics, lots of them...
A side altar devoted to St. Joseph...
The altarpiece behind the main altar was full of statues of Saints and images I had never noticed before...
It was beautiful. It was like I was visiting a new Church for the first time.
I knew my Church was beautiful, but not like that. I was looking at the same Church... but closer... with a new set of eyes.
After Mass I tuned into a podcast with Scott Hahn speaking about drawing ever closer to God through prayer and the sacraments.
He said, "We cannot love what we do not know."
The irony was not lost on me. I have been "looking" at the same Church for three years since joining, but only until a more intimate look today, do I have a deeper love and knowledge of it's beauty.
In order to grow in love with Christ we must make that same effort to know Him more everyday through prayer and the sacraments. We must draw nearer to Him. We must walk to the front pews, if you will, and strive to see Him more intimately on a daily basis.