added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2:44-47)
Tough times bring people together – those with physical, spiritual, and emotional needs - meeting those with a willingness to share. Today many neighborhoods are less strong than they used to be; residents barely know the names of their neighbors, recognizing them only by the car they drive. We may have a stronger sense of community at work, church, or the gym – or even in the virtual world. A sign of commitment to a community is our willingness to sacrifice something to meet the needs of others. As the body of Christ, our faith communities can demonstrate Christ’s love in practical ways.
Spend some time getting to know the needs of your neighbors, your colleagues, and the people you encounter every day. Where do you see need? What can you do to help?
Pause for Reflection: In what ways can we share as a faith community? How does the sharing in the early Church shape how we give today?
You may find the following prayer helpful: O God who is Three in One, living in perfect community; grant us the desire to
transform our communities, that we might reflect your love, grace, and generosity as we minister to others in your name. Amen.