Last weekend my wife and I were in the Mankato area for an extended family event. While in Mankato we participated in a Eucharist celebration at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Last Sunday happened to be the one-year anniversary of the remodeling of St. John’s church building. The remodeling was more than a touch up. It reshaped the building to better serve the people who make up St. John’s church. The people, as a faith community, are the church.
Before there were buildings called churches, churches were understood to be the people. When followers of Jesus gathered together, they were the church in that place and time.
Christians gather together weekly for three reasons. First, to hear Jesus’ good news (the Word) and grapple with its meaning in today’s world. Second to celebrate the Eucharist (the sacrament of the Lord’s supper). And thirdly, to socialize in ways that affirm and support each other living the gospel of love in their daily lives and in the greater society.
Having worshiped with St. John’s faith community a number of times over the years, I can attest to the benefits of their remodeled building. In its design and function, the remodeled building serves St. John’s faith community very well.
Their pastor, Rev. John Kunz, and the lay leadership are to be congratulated for their successful remodeling project. They carried it out with a keen understanding of the functions a church’s building is meant to serve.