Today is filled with silence and floating thoughts. I picked up my Sunday Missal and begin to read the passage of Acts 2:42-47 and I stop at the word communal. This word struck me different today, because I have actually lived in communal life with a religious community. However today it strikes a different chord within me. Communal takes me to a different place, where all I can do is sit in idle and reflect. Why am I moved different today, than before?
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles: Acts 2:42-47
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one's need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread int their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
As we do with the Lord's prayer, I would ask you to read this passage of scripture slowly and reflect. What does communal mean to you in or outside of the temple or church? What is God, Jesus Christ, the apostles, his followers, is asking us to obtain from these words as believers? I sense a deepness here that is worth investigating this week from within. Communal-
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I just recently had the pleasure of receiving my spring cold. The day that Jesus Christ was led away from his disciples to be judge by the pharisees, I watched a co-worker be led away in handcuffs for stealing. The day of the passion of Christ, I received this gift of illness. The day of the risen Lord, I rose slowly, but I rose. For me the realization of the Passion of Christ is that, we are all equal. Regardless of who we are, our circumstances, our life choices...we are the same. Life is a sneeze and with each sneeze there is a message to behold. It's time to really sit down and re-evaluate our life, not what we think we can accomplish, but how we implement the words of God into our own life journey. To sit and be still and read the Bible, not just look at it. The passages is to lead us through a passage towards God harmony. God is merciful, he gives each one of us a piece of clay and see what we can create. It's our piece of life, our own life and the beauty is that, if we mess up, we can return the clay back to it original without form self and start over again. If it took God three times to recreate our world, God knows our piece of the world will take an eternity. Relax, and get to know our God, a word at a time.