“Church” is not a building. It is no ordinary gathering. “Church” is a “holy partnership in a heavenly calling” (Hebrews 3:1-6). We are called to be the people among whom and through whom the world can encounter the mercy of Jesus. But often that’s not what the reality of “church” looks like. Our Gospel story from Mark 11:15-19 gives us insight why. Will we settle for a faith that is easy and convenient? Or will we make the sacrifices necessary for our life together truly to be mercy’s house?