Speak Lord: The community of love and faith

Art work from Monestir Saint Cecilia de MonserratThe first reading on the 2nd Sunday of Easter comes from Acts of the Apostles. It provides a remarkable description of the manner of life that characterised the ‘whole group of believers’.

The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul; no one claimed for his own use anything that he had, as everything they owned was held in common.

The apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus with great power, and they were all given great respect.

None of their members was ever in want, as all those who owned land or houses would sell them, and bring the money from them, to present it to the apostles; it was then distributed to any members who might be in need.

Acts 4:32-35

In fact, however true that description, also true was the experience of disagreement and suspicion, of selfishness and prejudice, within the community of believers. That is part of the story that Acts tells also, and the evidence that is provided by the letters of St Paul suggests that Acts doesn’t always even tell us the half of it!

And yet the vision inspires us still, despite our being yet unfit for it.

  • What holds you back from the life of perfect community?
  • What attracts you to it?
  • What fits you for it? What steps could you take today to be more fit for it?

Photograph of Catalan Romanesque art work from Monastir de Santa Cecília de Montserrat. (c) 2003, Allen Morris.

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