Tuesday 2nd Week of Easter
Acts 4:32-47, John 3:7-1
“The community of believers were one heart and one mind. None of them ever claimed anything is his own; rather, everything was held in common” (Acts of Apostles 4:32 ff.)
When someone we know as an acquaintance
celebrates a birthday we probably would buy them a card.
How different it is with someone we hold very dear in our hearts.
We probably spend more than we should
and put much, much more time and effort
in our planning an event to celebrate the occasion.
We never consider spending more
than we probably should
when it is someone we love dearly.
This is how we behaved in the Early Church
and what it means to be born of the Spirit.
You see our family back then
knew what it cost our Savior
when he was lifted up on the cross.
And no one in our family
wanted to be the cause of him
going through that suffering again in one of our own.
In fact we went out of our way
to alleviate the sufferings of another brother or sister.
Anything we owned back then
belonged to the person who needed it the most.
And in consoling them
we were consoling the heart of our Savior.
It’s not hard to comprehend in our minds
that we are made of the same stuff,
if you like the same genes as our ancestors in the faith.
When we receive Holy Communion,
we have the same precious Body and Blood of our Savior
running through our body and veins as they did.
We received in abundance
an outpouring of the same Holy Spirit
that was breathed into them at baptism.
Their mind and their heart is the same as ours –
the mind and heart of Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, with them we can as well come to appreciate
all that Jesus suffered two thousand years ago
in a brother or sister who is suffering themselves today.
That’s the missing link;
to be willing and ready to suffer,
share and alleviate Jesus’ suffering today
without giving it a second thought.
It’s what you do when you love your family.
It is nothing less than pure grace
given to those who have the means
and share it with those who need it the most.