18And I tell you, you are Peter,* and on this rock* I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.
I find this line to be so timely in our lives at Holy Comforter because we are the rock on which this church will be built. We are not talking about a piece of earth or a hard surface or the foundation to set upon. The church is composed of the people that inhabit it and go into the world and share the good news of Christ. We are looking to create a better space from which to go into the world. As Fr. Jimmy said, the church is that place where we find the common ground between heaven and earth. It is out sanctuary and from this place we can be missionaries in the community, but the church must be built on the backs of the people. It is a weight we can support with the help of God the Father.