We are called to community. Consider that the word religion shares the same Latin root as ligament—a word meaning to bind. We are called to Christian community, which focuses on interdependence, rather than independence. At its best, community is the mirror that shows us the face of God in everyone we see, leading us and guiding us to the next best thing for ourselves and for the good of the whole.
The challenge of living in community is to honor our unity— to see and feel and love all parts of the body—while not having our individual lights snuffed out. The good news is that the love of God provides fuel for us all.
The message is an excerpt from “Darkness is your candle” by Violet Cucciniello Little in the April 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the seventh Sunday after Pentecost.