Snacking on the Word: 1 Cor 3:9c-11

The first half of this coming weekend’s middle reading touches on a theme many pastors adopt in new parishes, or renovating parishes, namely that the people are God’s building.

Brothers and sisters: you are God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.

The Lateran Dedication feast is worth a closer look, and we’ll give one here later this week. For now, consider one of the many common images of both the old and new testaments, that of God’s people as a building.

Do we consider ourselves more the occupants of our church building? Do believers, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, see themselves as the work of God, living, changing, responding to the demands of the Gospel, always changing to realign ourselves with Christ and turning away from non-Christian purposes?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to Snacking on the Word: 1 Cor 3:9c-11

  1. Barb says:

    Good questions. The parish I work in is currently in the process of being twinned with a neighboring parish: begin working together now, share a priest, choose a new, unified name, and down the road, expected to build a new, larger, church building that will accommodate the people of both parishes. People are angry and upset. They don’t want to give up “their” church, the one that they/their parents built, the one where they were baptized, confirmed, married, etc. People need to have wider view of what church is…more than that building.

  2. Anne says:

    “People need to have wider view of what church is…more than that building.”

    Yes, that’s true but even knowing and understanding about what church is, it’s a very emotional time for everyone. Don’t take their sadness and anger too lightly.

  3. Jim McK says:

    An alternate second reading from the LOTH “Common of the Dedication of a Church” is from, I believe, the sermon where St Augustine praises singing as doubling prayer:
    “The Lord’s new commandment is our new song, a song newly inspired by love. To sing is a sign of love. The singer of this new song is full of the warmth of God’s love.” (reworded)

    The sermon is on the building of the Church, which makes it an interesting source for this coming Sunday. The Church is built by Love, which expresses itself in song. We uaed it decently as we were reflecting on parish closures and realignments in our area. The love that people show at this time by remembering the builders of the church and all the celebrations within it, should be an element of the song we sing.

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