Psalm 65:1-2, 5-13
Life and faith are not intended to be a solo act.
As I write this reflection, I am sitting on an airplane, coming back from a visit to my parents who live in North Carolina. It was a great visit. I had the opportunity to spend time with them; talking, watching TV, eating, going with them to the doctor, etc. It felt so good to be together and share a little in their lives.
With this as my backdrop it is no wonder that what jumped out at me in the readings this week is how good it is to join together in community. In the first reading from Genesis we read, “It is not good for the Earth Creature to be alone." God knew that we need one another and made Eve, a partner and companion for Adam. In the reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, it says “…be united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. That is the one thing that would make me completely happy." So being together and doing things in a united, common manner is not only good for us, but it makes God happy! That’s pretty cool!
Even the last reading, the Beatitudes, spoke to me about community. I’ve heard the Beatitudes many times, but I had not noticed before that who is blessed is not a singular person – they are groups of people. Everyone who is poor in spirit is blessed, not just some isolated person. And it is a whole community of people whose hearts are clean and are blessed because of that, and they will all see God.
These readings reminded me that life and faith are not intended to be a solo act. We are created as social beings. We long for and need the connections with our family, our friends, our communities and our God. Let us cherish and nurture these relationships.
- John Buesseler
Originally published 10/9/12