The whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.
The many miracles and signs worked through the apostles made a deep impression on everyone.
The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common; they sold their goods and possessions and shared out the proceeds among themselves according to what each one needed.
They went as a body to the Temple every day but met in their houses for the breaking of bread; they shared their food gladly and generously; they praised God and were looked up to by everyone. Day by day the Lord added to their community those destined to be saved.
The above reading, the First reading at Mass today, the 2nd Sunday of Easter sets before us an somewhat idealised description of the first Christian community.
As Acts of the Apostles makes clear there were all sorts of tensions between the different parts of the Church. And yet the Church knew herself called to be One, knew that where there were tensions and dissensions, these needed to be addressed and solutions found.
The Church is the Church: but, always, she, we are called to become Church.
Stained Glass window, parish church of Medjugorje. (c) 2015 Allen Morris