April 9, 2013
Today’s readings: Acts 4:32-37
One key word for us in the Church and in community is solidarity. Solidarity essentially means unity and stewardship. This was the situation of the first Christian community established after Pentecost. “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.” (Acts 4:32).
The Church is the one body of Christ, with Christ as the head. Though the Church has many different members, who have many different opinions, desires, agenda, priorities, etc., she ought to have the one mind and heart of Jesus. Thus her members subordinate their minds and will to Christ.
Though the different members of the Church have their own resources and possessions, given to them by God, they recognize that they are mere stewards of what still belongs to God. Thus they are to use these resources to give glory to God and in ways that benefit the body and the mission of the body. Thus they subordinate their personal priorities and well-being to that of the whole body.
What constitutes being of one heart?
* We love the one and same Jesus, whom we accept as Savior and Lord.
* We love our brethren as we love ourselves.
* We share the same passion for proclaiming the gospel.
What constitutes being of one mind?
* Though we think differently, we put on the mind of Christ, and thus move forward in one accord.
* We share the one vision for the one mission.
* We know we are all walking along the same path of holiness and to the cross, and wish no one to be left behind.
What constitutes having everything in common?
* We accept that everything belongs to God and that we are just stewards of what God entrusts to us.
* We are willing to give generously of our time, talent and treasure in order to help brethren in need and to further our mission.
If only members of the Church and of community will live their lives in solidarity, the problem of poverty will be solved. The solution is not in making the poor rich, but that the basic needs of everyone would be met. “There was no needy person among them” (Acts 4:34a). There would be no hunger or homelessness, and everyone can live a life of dignity, as a child of God properly provided for by a loving Father.
Further, with lives lived in solidarity, their witness to the world will be powerful, just like the apostles. “With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.” (Acts 4:33).
God bless you all.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)