Our Lord has given His promise that the “gates of the netherworld shall not prevail” against the Church He has built (Mt. 16:18). The Holy Spirit who resides in each of us (1 Cor. 6:19) is the One who anoints both the people and structures of the Church.
This gives us the assurance that our God has already declared victory over sin and death. Since the Spirit guides and comforts each of us, then we can rely on His grace to help us to build the Church, to restore us when we fail, and to lead us to heavenly glory.
Lord Jesus, You established Your Church to be a beacon of hope and a community of love. Bless us, like Peter and Paul, to use our lives in dedicated service to build Your Church and declare victory in Your holy name. Amen.