As you begin your retreat, pause for a few moments and allow yourself to grow still. Take several slow, deep breaths. Become aware of the great love God has for you.
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
There is an old saying that there is strength in numbers. To stand alone for a cause is hard, but to stand with a group gives us bravado, purpose, and identity. Jesus knew that. He knew that his mission would be accomplished more easily if many individuals banded together as one body to give strength and support to one another.
How dedicated am I to furthering the mission of Jesus?
Do I give active support to my faith community, or is my involvement in name only?
(Pray, using these words or those of your own.)
Father, help me to remember that I am the Church of today; it is my responsibility to serve your kingdom. Help me to realize that the words I pray-Thy kingdom come-are a call to action.