Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter
Acts 4:32-37 + John 3:7-15
The community of believers was of one heart and mind ….
One of the greatest tensions in the spiritual life is between individual concerns and communal needs. Given our modern secular culture, we tend to the former.
We can be lulled into nurturing our spiritual life as something that’s “just between me and God” or a “me and Jesus relationship”. A relationship with God certainly lies at the heart of the Christian life, but our lives are not given to us for our sakes alone.
Everything God graciously gives us, including our relationship with Him, is given to us for the sake of others. The graces that God pours into our lives are meant to overflow from our lives into the world through the Church.
The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, the Risen Jesus in the world today. It is through the Church that we live our spiritual lives: both in receiving the sacramental graces that build us up, and in giving these graces to others through our vocation.
The Christian’s vocation is the hinge between the individualistic and the communal: each of us is called to be an individual for the sake of others. We reflect on this aspect of the Mystical Body of Christ throughout the Easter Season as we prepare for the celebration of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit descends from Heaven to strengthen the Church, and each of us who are her members, to carry out the saving mission of the Church.