Jesus will save the Church

Many of you have read the book Jesus, An Historical Approximation.  If you haven’t yet read it, I highly recommend it.  The following post was written by the author of this book.  I think it is so simply put yet so profound.  In recent meetings of all the cardinals just before new cardinals got all their red gear, the discussions were quite heated, as Pope Francis really wanted…open discussion and dialogue, no holding back.  One cardinal called it civil war.  In frustration another cardinal asked the pope “What is it do you want for the church?”  His answer, “I want to bring her back to Jesus Christ.”  I think this post is describing that also….Reyanna

By José Antonio Pagola (English translation by Rebel Girl), Buenas Noticias: Blog de Jose Antonio PagolaApril 27, 2014

John 20:19-31

Terrified by Jesus’ execution, the disciples take refuge in a known home. They’re together again, but Jesus isn’t with them. There’s a gap in the community that no one can fill. They need Jesus. Who will they follow now? What will they be able to do without him? “It’s getting dark” in Jerusalem and also in the disciples’ hearts.

They’re in the house “with the doors locked.” It’s a community without a mission and without a vision, shut in on itself, without the ability to welcome. No one is thinking now about going along the roads proclaiming the kingdom of God and healing life. With the doors locked, it’s not possible to draw near to the people’s suffering. (To continue reading click here.)

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2 Responses to Jesus will save the Church

  1. And what makes anyone think Jesus wanted/wants Church as instiution?
    He established none, told no one to establish one; Ecclesia, used sparingly, only meant “gathering.”
    As Jesus foretold destruction of the temple, his life and message may foretll destruction of church as institution.
    Hierarchs focus more on Christ than on Jesus’ life and message, using Christ as their authority to Lord it over people.
    Jesus will save the church? Not as it is now, that’s for sure.

    • Reyanna Rice says:

      What you say is true. I do think though that the formation of an organized community was a bit inevitable given human nature. Any group gathering together seems to move towards structure. Given that Jesus did say, and there is agreement amongst scripture scholars to the authenticity of this, “Do this in remembrance of me” and “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them”, people began to gather around the depth of their feelings of the presence of Jesus still in their midst. Now, our task today is to get off our butts, speak our minds and grasp in our own hands what we want that community to be today and into the future. I fully believe that Jesus is saving the church each and every day…..we just need to work with him.

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