My dear sisters and brothers, we gather this evening, as God’s People, the Church, for this very special and solemn ceremony to dedicate this new church building to God. From very early times the building in which the Christian community gathers to hear the Word of God, to pray together, to celebrate the sacraments and to participate in the Eucharist has been given the name “church.”
This very special and beautiful building gets its name from us; for we are the church, the Body of Christ in our world. Because we come together in this building we bestow upon it our name: Church. We call it the house of God, because we, who are the temples in whom God dwells, come together here. So this holy ceremony not only dedicates this building, it allows us to celebrate the wondrous gifts that have been bestowed upon us by God, the Father who loves us, and who has called us to be part of the mission of his Son to the world in which we live.
The reading from the Letter to the...Read More