So what does it mean that you are in the Church? Can you still remember our spelling discussion at the beginning when I wrote CHCH? We discovered that letter U and R stand for You Are. What CHCH stand for? It stands for Christ. As the Scriptures say: “He is the Beginning and the End, Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.” We are in the Church because Christ has called us into the Church. We are in the Church because we love Christ. We are in the Church because we want others to learn about Christ and to come to love him.
Across the Globe we have some magnificent Churches like the Lateran Basilica in Rome which another anniversary of its dedication we remember today. However we cannot simply be content that we have built God such a beautiful Basilica, that’s enough. Remember the Gospel we have heard today. Not very often we meet Jesus angry. This time he is furious as he drives some people out of the Temple in Jerusalem. What happened in the Temple that it made Jesus react so harshly? The place that was to be the space where people could encounter the Almighty through their communal worship had become a market place. The building was impressive but people in it were not impressive at all. Jesus’ heart was broken that the building could raise people minds and hearts to the Almighty but the behavior of the people in the temple would make one lose faith straight away. To avoid such situation in our Christian worship we read in the Bible: “You are God’s building. Didn’t you realize that you were God’s temple and that the Spirit of God was living among you?” We are like bricks. A brick is good because it is used to build a building. When we give our lives to the Lord, when we live for others, we are part of that magnificent structure called the Church. The Church community is far more magnificent that the most impressive church buildings. Look at your beautiful church of our Lady’s, how many bricks were laid to complete this place of worship. To create a Christian community many believing and committed people are needed. So that people coming here could say: “We sense the Spirit of God in this Church community. All activities of this parish start with Jesus and finish with Jesus. For the sake of Jesus these people love and forgive each other.”
This is how Church should be spelled. Christ Christians Christ.