Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle
It is very common to hear from people statements like: I don’t need to go to church, God is everywhere, I can meet Him whenever I want to; or, I am not going to confession, no need to confess to another person, I can do that without any witnesses. I don’t need the Church to tell me how to live my life, in fact I don’t need it at all. I can pray on my own. Well, that is true, you can pray and talk and find God everywhere. But Christ established our Church because He wanted us to continue His mission here on earth. He didn’t need to do that, but He wanted to do that. That’s how much He loves us -- to the point that He entrusted His mission to us humans. Indeed, God can be found almost everywhere, but in a special way in His Church which is not only the building, not only an institution, but most of all a community of believers who are called to support each other in the way to salvation. In the Church we are responsible for each other, we pray for each other, and we help each other to live good and holy lives. “And so, I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” We all have a choice -- we can either be part of it, or not.