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?