“I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to it own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the center and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our conscience, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them and without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us, ‘Give them something to eat.'”(49)
Thoughts for the day: which thought in this paragraph strikes you? Do you agree that many of the Church’s activities and structures are about protecting the image of the Church? Are we more concerned with doing everything the right way, saying the right words than with bring others to Christ? Do we have a false sense of security? Do we come across as harsh judges?