Or is it only a house, the earth its floor? walls and a roof sheltering people, windows for light, an open door?
Does it become a holy place, a sign of grace, a sacrament, a mystery only "when we are gathered here, and know" .... something?
Is it only when we are there to "know God is near" that it acquires some stature beyond that of any other conglomeration of bricks and beams?
The latter take on it is the one that, judging by their behavior within it's confines, most erstwhile Catholics whom I encounter actually espouse.
But the former is the only one possible for anyone who believes in Christ's Eucharistic Presence within the tabernacle.
What is this place where we meet?
And will our demeanor and attitude when we are here give evidence to the unbeliever that we actually believe what we claim to believe?