29. Jun, 2017

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

School Mass, Moora

When naughty people hear about Jesus they don’t like it! When they hear how good he is and that he asks us to be good, all those naughty people get angry. They killed Jesus and chucked St Peter and St Paul in goal.

It didn’t matter though, did it? God rescues good people, saying that the gates of the underworld can’t destroy the People of God. That’s the Church–that’s us! And Jesus said something even more special to his Church: Whatever you bind here on earth, I will make it like that in heaven as well.

Jesus knew he was going to heaven, so he entrusted his Church to the Apostles, especially Saints Peter and Paul. Now we have new Peter’s and Pauls! The Pope and all his Bishops, and all his priests. Those guys now have the job to build up Jesus’ Church.

Shall I tell you how to build up a Church?

It’s all about love, you know. Not just mushy feelings “Oooh I love you!” Not at all – it’s about being good to people, and building them up. We help them get rid of the naughty stuff their doing and teach them to live by Jesus’ special rules such as (i) love God HEAPS (ii) do to others what you want them to do to you (iii) and—what about this one—love your neighbour as yourself!

It’s all about love you know. You see, God pours his love into our hearts through baptism. Then we use that love to bind each heart together. Each heart is special. We must use God’s love to show each person how special they are. In NAIDOC week we celebrate how special Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are.

The secret of loving is to treat people the way you want them to treat you. Respect them, overlook their faults, never tell lies about them, never steal from them, and be there to support them. If you only do things that build other people up, then the love you use becomes like cement that binds us all together.

That is how the Church that you are a part of, gets built up. And that’s why Jesus says love other people as if they were yourself, as we are a part of each other’s lives. For us to be happy as individuals, we all must be happy together.

Love is the key

Love is the key to making our Church here on earth be like the one in heaven. We all have to choose to be good or bad, to build or to destroy community. Please build each other up in love.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 12)