Today in the homily, the celebrant used this powerful phrase, ‘Syndrome of the House of God’. It is an attempt to limit God, to keep confined to the house of God, which is normally churches. (it is equally applicable for temples, mosques and other holy places). We want God to stay there, hear our prayers there and bless us there. We don’t want God in the busy market streets, in the dirty lanes of our country. A fall out of the complete separation of the sacred and secular.
For a believer, every place is supposed to be sacred. God dwells in the hearts of each persons. So the place we stand/sit/lie down (where ever it is), is blessed with the presence of God. We might use secular language in common places as we have many differences amongst us. So it is way of convenience. The use of secular language is not a big problem, a life forgetting God (whom believers call as the center of their life) is a problematic. This is a invitation to move away from the dichotomies of life, to move from black and white separations of life.
Science probably has brought a tendency, to separate and divide based on the characteristics. It is helpful for study. Is it always needed to separate? Can’t an underlying unity prevail over them? If we are dividing for the sake of classification, is it required to forgo that deep underlying connecting thread? But today, science is helping us also to become aware of the inter-connectedness. The famous Butterfly effect would say that the flapping of the wings of a butterfly in one corner of the world has an influence in the other corners of the world.
Syndrome of house of God invites us to see the underlying unity in everything. A believer could see and experience the touch of God everywhere. More and more people experience the inter-connectedness between humans and the entire creation.