Rebuild My Church

We made it through the desert, alleluia. Christ is Risen!

And as we enter into this new liturgical season, the season of renewal and restoration, the season of renewing our Baptismal vows by committing once again to living out those promises, we also embark on a new editorial cycle.

“Rebuild My Church.”

This is the call Our Lord gave to St. Francis, the call that began with Francis literally rebuilding a church that had fallen into disrepair and ended, or rather has yet to end, through the formation and continual ministry of the Franciscan order. This call resounds through time.

It’s relevant for us today in that the Church, the Body of Christ, is always adding new members, always being renewed by them, always reaching further to the ends of the earth to speak to those who have yet to hear the message of the Gospel. Our mission is to go out, to spread her mission, to continue the unfolding of that proclamation until the entire world is made new.

Made new ourselves, we announce what we have heard. We make disciples of others.

One of the things we wanted to emphasize in this theme is that this can be done in a variety of different ways. There’s so much to be done, so much those who oppose Christianity tell us we have to be doing in order to be deemed “real” Christians, that it can be overwhelming at times to know where our talents best fit into the overall picture.

We see the needs of others. We hear their cries for help. A multitude of different voices, different ministries. The sick, the poor, the homebound, those in crisis pregnancies, the helpless, the unemployed, underemployed, unemployable. There are those being attacked on the basis of their race, religion, or political beliefs, the lonely, the anxious, the depressed.

They all need help. These and a thousand other causes are worthy of our attention, our prayers, our resources. Non Christians, and especially anti Christians, like to tell us we’re failing or faking if we’re not personally and individually doing it all.

Here’s a secret, though: God didn’t make me to do it all. He didn’t make you to do it all, either.

He gave me specific gifts for specific purposes and put me in specific places where those gifts can best be used for His glory and the good of the Church. The main purpose of every gift is to glorify Him in all that I do, in every thought, word, and action. If the way I’m using some gifts is interfering with that primary goal, I can be sure I’m missing the mark.

But when we order every gift He’s given us to that goal, my life and all the work of my life becomes a symphony of praise.

And a symphony that praises Him will always at the same time be beneficial to my brothers and sisters.

“And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the equipment of the saints, for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”

Ephesians 4:11-13

To use our gifts in this way requires some discernment: What are my gifts? How have I put them to work in the past? How is God calling me to use them now?

My gifts are going to be different from yours, and that’s okay. We’ll likely have some overlapping gifts (for example, very many of us are gifted with the ability to see, touch, taste, and smell), and that can be a point of connection, but it doesn’t have to be.

We don’t have to be best buddies in order to be able to work toward the common goal of building up the Kingdom of God. I remember reflecting once with my spiritual director about the many different, and very many strong personalities of some of my favorite saints. There’s no way some of these people would have enjoyed just hanging out together.

But now they’re all side by side, worshipping God for all eternity together, in eternal, blissful joy.

Friendship isn’t a prerequisite to this work. We only have to be willing to do God’s will, and once we’ve started, to remain open to continuing the good work He has begun in us.

Throughout the course of this Easter season, we will be featuring and highlighting a variety of ministries and members within the Church who are doing great work. We’ll be telling you about some of the challenges they’re facing in that work, and—especially for those of us looking for ways to help heal the world by building up the Body of Christ—emphasizing ways that we can help. This series is not to shame or blame anyone, but to shed light upon where God can call us forth as we journey toward Pentecost–when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles, the Spirit who remains our educator, intercessor, teacher, helper.

We are all one Body in Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body which seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those parts of the body which we think less honorable we invest with the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so adjusted the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part, that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

1 Corinthians 12:21-26
About Author

Caitlyn Pszonka serves as our Editor. She is first and foremost a beloved daughter of God and uses her gifts as a co-creator for love of Him and His Body, the Church. With degrees in Creative Writing and Theology, she loves to get at deeper truths through telling stories in various forms, including novels, poems, plays, and songs. Caitlyn shares her visual art, in addition to reflections on diving ever deeper in love with God, at Heart to Sacred Heart.

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