The Apostle Peter opens and closes his first letter to the Christians living in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire with references to exiles and Babylon. When the Jewish people were exiles in Babylon, they were literally strangers in a strange land. But the Christians living in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire were not literal exiles. So why does Peter address them as, “the exiles living in the provinces”? Because by virtue of their baptism they have become exiles in the land of their birth. To follow Jesus is to belong to a gathering of exiles called the church. Although immersed in this world, the church by her way of being represents the promise of another world, which is not somewhere else but is to come on earth as it is in heaven.