In just a couple of weeks earth movers and other big pieces of construction machinery will be entering our parish property. Construction will begin on our long-awaited house for the church.
Have you perhaps noticed that I always refer to it as the church building or the house for the church? The real church, of course, is the people. We are the church and we have been ‘building church’ for twelve years. In fact, on July 1, we observed the twelfth anniversary of the founding of the parish.
Church is people and in the spirit both of the Scriptures and of the Second Vatican Council, we don’t want to lose sight of that. We are to be the living church of Christ.
That does not mean that the building we are about to construct is not necessary or desired. Nor does it mean that it won’t be exciting when all the work begins. In addition to what we see in terms of concrete and steel and bricks and finishing materials, we also want to continue to put focus on the people who continue to join us as a community of faith. We as church are ALWAYS under construction.
‘…you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”