Living in Hope
As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” 2Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
3When Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4“Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am the one!’ and they will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and country against country; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.”
When I was little I learned a song – “the church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.” It’s true that over the ions, these stones may not stand. But as long as the Spirit continues to gather together a people who live in hope – the church will go on. As long as people gather around water, the word and the table, the kingdom of God will continue to be built. Because we have a God that continues to gather the faithful into a resilient community of resurrection and rebuilding. For we are the community that God has called together that is called the “repairer of the breach” and the “restorer of the walls” and as long as God continues to bring new people into this work of justice and peace – then the church will go on forever.