Friday, January 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Church

We I am a little late but catching up on some blog reading here I found out that January 18 is a noted birthday in church history. Having not been brought up in the Catholic tradition I m quite ignorant when it comes to their celebrations and feasts etc.

Seems like January 18 is noted as a celebration of the day that Peter started the church in Rome. Its known as the feast of the chair of St Peter. Read here. Having visited Rome and wondered at its incredible history and spectacular buildings and various collection of art its interesting to reflect on what the church has become.

Church was never meant to be about buildings and rituals it is about people and a heart relationship. I can't help but muse on the fact that the forefront of the arts world was an integral part of the church. In fact the leaders of the church went out of their way to bring the best artists, sculptors etc into the church to produce works of art that are amongst the most celebrated today. What would this look like today?

So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my community. And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ Matthew 16

2000 years of history since Jesus made his declaration about building His church in this world and I am looking forward to Him completing the task.


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