Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have three small children: Lydia, Paul, and Silas. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
Do you like cleaning your room? Probably not so much. But after you’ve put everything back in its place, after you’ve made your bed and emptied the trash, doesn’t it seem like a more special place? You have to admit it is nicer to be there.
Today, the Epistle reading tells us about cleaning something much more important than our rooms. God tells us that we must “cleanse ourselves.” Does that mean taking a good bath? Well, that’s good to do, but God wants us to clean ourselves on the inside.
Saint Paul tells us in the Epistle that our bodies are like special rooms where God is inside. “You are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.’”
God is inside of us. Our Lord is inside of us! Can you try to keep yourself clean on the inside? Can you try to show how special your body is? It holds God inside! And how can you clean yourself on the inside? Always remember, what you say and do can keep you clean or dirty!
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