Thank you for your prayers.
If you are Jewish,
one phrase is very familiar.
It is the first line of almost every prayer:
“Baruch atta Adonai, eluheinu malech ha olam.”
Blessed are You, Lord our God,
King of the Universe.
Ha Olam is translated "universe"
but it means all time,
everything that was made and created by God
known and unknown,
beyond our understanding.
And the Greek word for this is "Katholikon."
In other words,
Those who believe in Jesus and are born by water and the Holy Spirit,
form a body with Jesus as the head.
It is an unseen body,
in all places, times, and dimensions.
There is only one body, and there is only one Spirit.
We call this "church" in English, but in Greek it was Ekklesia--
a body of called out ones who gather to make governmental decisions.
And the members of this body,
because Jesus lives in them, by the Holy Spirit,
Are transformed into "holy beings."
So beyond all time,
across the chasm of life and death,
beyond all place and eternity,
there is only one body of believers in Jesus:
the church and the saints.
As you may remember,
Belonging House is called to make disciples of artists and creative people.
Artists and creative people tend to be solitary creatures.
I call them cats.
Cats like to be on their own most of the time,
and don't like to be forced into group activities
and certainly do not like being told what to do.
I understand that, because I am a cat too.
As a good friend and colleague once told me:
"I am an artist,
I am not a joiner."
Many people only see the church as an institution
of conformity and control--
and at its worst it is all that and more.
But you cannot be a disciple of Jesus on your own.
You need the Body,
just as much as you need the Head.
I believe in the catholic church
and the communion of saints.
He Never Fails,