Remembering Jesus

Catholicism: What We Do pt. 2

In the early days of Christianity, followers of Jesus gathered together to remember Christ and celeb­rate what he did at the Last Supper. They met in homes and open spaces. These were not sacred dwellings, rather they became sacred by those who gathered. Gathering as a community was im­portant for those early believers. It offered them the opportunity to support each other in their faith and concerns. Gathering together is a conti­nuation of the community established by Christ.

Welcoming Immigrants

Good Shepherd’s is made up of primarily ex-pats or immigrants. Almost 30 percent of the populati­on in the Canton of Zug is made up of foreigners. When arriving in a foreign land, integration is an important part of life. It can enrich the experience and be helpful in easing into local life. As newco­mers to a community, greeting and welcoming one another is important. Locals can be skeptical about opening their lives and homes to strangers, but as a Christian community we must open our doors. Jesus is clear in Matthew 25:31-46 in “The Judgment of the Nations” when he says, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

Our Hospitality

In many churches today in the English speaking world you will find someone who greets you by simply opening the door, handing out a song book with an Order of the Mass, ushering or answering questions. This is called the Ministry of Hospitali­ty. There is some discussion as to the necessity of this ministry. Some people don’t want to be gree­ted, for whatever reason. Others appreciate this small gesture. I believe that this first encounter is more helpful than it is harmful.


Jesus entered that room (John 20:19-21) and stood in the midst of the disciples and said, “Peace be with you.” He greeted them and said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” As a continuation of the com­munity established by Jesus, don’t you think we should begin to view Mass as something we do together and not simply a private matter?