Monday 24 March 2014

2nd Sunday of Easter Year A

What sort of community do we live in? Is our community united? Do we live in harmony, joy, happiness, peace, goodwill, etc. in our community? Do we care and share and love each other genuinely as a community? Today's first reading tells us of a community which "remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers." Does such a community still exist today?

As we read more and more about the early Christian community, we can discover that the early Christian community was not perfect. Till today no Christian community is perfect. We continue to hurt and be hurt by others, because we are not perfect. However, the difference between a Christian community and other "communities" is this: as a Christian community, we are able to forgive others and to receive forgiveness from others. Sometimes some of us try to look for God on our own. But God is present in the midst of the community, no matter how broken or sinful the community members may be. If we keep away from the community, we keep away from God.

Thus, let us make more effort to love and grow in faith in our community. Let us not shy or run away from our community, since Jesus reminds us "where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Our community may not be perfect, but together, we can grow in love and relationship with each other and with our risen and loving Lord, Jesus Christ.

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