Church is part of the life Christ calls us to, because Christ calls us together. Once, St. Peter says, we were not a people, but now we are the people of God! God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, St. Paul writes, and he has given to us the ministry of reconciliation. How can we claim to be a people if we never come together? How can we pursue reconciliation if we stay at home, if we keep to ourselves? In the world we read about in the newspaper, with nation set against nation, race against race, rich against poor, how can we proclaim to the world that there is hope in Christ of justice, mercy, and reconciliation unless it starts here with us, in our church, in our neighborhood?