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.
With great power the Apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the Apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.
Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas
(which is translated (son of encouragement”),
a Levite, a Cypriot by birth,
sold a piece of property that he owned,
then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.
Thank you for your prayers for our 4th Spanish Women’s Cursillo in the Diocese of Joliet. It was a wonderful weekend in which I once again was blessed to witness the Holy Spirit alive and working in the lives of the team and the 32 women who attended the Cursillo. It is a blessing each time I go.
And on these Cursillo weekends we experience what the community of believers experienced in the Acts of the Apostles. They were of “one heart and mind” and they shared all of their possessions. “With great power” we witnessed the Risen Christ and the Holy Spirit as hearts and minds were changed for Jesus Christ.
The women came from different backgrounds, with different crosses to bear, with different life situations, but we lived as brothers and sisters in Christ. Everyone looked past their differences because what we had in common was that we are all children of God the Father, brothers and sisters of Christ and temples of the Holy Spirit. When we realize that we share these things in common, our differences fall by the wayside.
Sometimes we think these experiences of retreat are like a fairy tale. Or we think that the early Christian community was not based in reality. But these experiences are what God intended for all of us. Jesus said, “I came so that you might have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
True love is seeking the good of the other person. God created us with a vision that we would love one another and share our goods with those who are in need. The evil one is always trying to make us selfish and seek only our good. Ironically, if everyone seeks the good of others, our own needs will be filled. And when we seek our own needs, everyone is left wanting and empty.
Take time to reflect today on the early Christian community.
Have you experienced anything like this?
What can you do to bring about God’s love in your home, work and neighborhood?
Have a blessed day!