Posted by: livingscripture | April 10, 2015


From the Word of the Day

 “So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord’.  When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea.”            (John 21: 1-14)    


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John sees and recognizes.  Peter acts on John’s word.  This is how it was at the tomb on the morning of the Resurrection and now it is repeated on the lake as they fish.  The resurrection experience cannot be faced alone.  We need to combine our senses, our energies, our ideas and intuitions.  This holds true for work, for politics, for the economy, and also for faith.

The community experience, being in relationship, helps us to arrive where we cannot go by ourselves.  Even receiving Jesus is not in reality a personal event.  The Risen One is received by a community.  He shows Himself to many people so that they can help each other to believe.  There can be no faith experience without the community, without the Church.

The Resurrection makes this communal nature of the person visible.  Community, vocation, and mission are in our DNA.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank Jesus for this community dimension of faith, one He Himself has chosen so that we may sustain one another.

Lord, help me to live community as the privileged place to meet You, to listen to You, to love You.

The Voice of E. Mounier, Philosopher

The person is the entire volume of the human being.  It is equilibrium in length, width, and breadth.  Everyone has this tension among the three dimensions: that which rises from below and incarnates a body; that which is directed on high and raises us toward the universal; that which is directed to wideness and brings us toward communion.  Vocation, incarnation, and communion are the three dimensions of the person.


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