In our scripture for this week, after Peter names Jesus the Messiah, Son of the Living God, Jesus names Peter… well, Peter. He calls him the rock on which he will build the church, and then he says this: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
When we pray what we call the Lord’s Prayer, we seek God’s will being done “on earth as it is in heaven,” and does loosing and binding sound like a reversal of that to anyone else?
Surely it’s not. Peter is the foundation of the Church, and the Church gets to be a crux, a vortex, a mid-point, an intersection, between heaven and earth. When we say that God is present in the work of the Church, it shouldn’t be misconstrued to mean that God is only present in the work of the Church. When we say that the Spirit moves among us as we worship, it shouldn’t be misconstrued to mean that the Spirit only moves among us when we worship. When we serve the world to proclaim the good news, it does not mean that only we can do so, and only in the ways we choose to serve. Instead, what we do together as Church is practice for the Reign of God breaking in; it’s training, day by day, minute by minute, our priorities and relationships and lives.
There’ll be more on Sunday. Also, our new Director of Youth Ministries Chance Wilhite will be starting! I look forward to seeing you then.
P.S. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and the celebration of my five-year anniversary. Here’s to many more adventures, challenges and days together, Midway Hills!