Paul describes community like this “…so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another” (Romans 12:5).
We are called to community. Consider that the word “religion” shares the same Latin root as “ligament” – a word meaning “to bind.” For many of us living in America, this concept is countercultural. We are called to Christian community, which focuses on interdependence, rather than independence. Communities of faith are not so much about pulling oneself up by the bootstraps, but about working together to provide boots for those who have none and to help each other put them on.
At its best, community is the mirror that show us the face of God in everyone we see, leading and guiding us to the next best thing for ourselves and for the good of the whole.
This message is excerpted from “Darkness is your candle” by Violet Cucciniello Little in the April 2020 Gather magazine. Today is the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Today we commemorate Helena, mother of Constantine, c. 330.
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