Of One Heart and Mind

Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

“The community of believers was of one heart and mind.” This was the distinguishing trait of the first Christian communities. They were united because of their faith and trust in the Risen Lord proclaimed to them by the apostles. The early Christians realized their call to be in relationship not only with Jesus and His Father, but also with all their sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus.  They are to be more of a family under the one Father in heaven.  They are to listen to their brothers, the Apostles, proclaim the Good News and share about their relationship with their master and Lord, Jesus.  Then they are asked to share all they have with all those who are also children of the Father. Through the community life of these early Christians, many were drawn to them and wanted to be part of the community. Communion leads to mission and evangelization.

From whom did the Apostles learn all these? They learned all these from their Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. He was a man of communion and one who gathers people together. Jesus liberated those who were possessed by evil spirits. Jesus called people from different walks of life (fishermen, tax collector, rebels/zealots) to be his disciples and apostles. Jesus healed the sick to regain their wholeness and to become part of the community once again. Jesus preached the Good News to all in order to gather the scattered people of God. Jesus welcomed children and those marginalized by society to teach everyone about the Kingdom of God. Jesus’ passion and death gathered many people as witnesses to that significant event in his life. Jesus Christ was a man of communion and one who gathers people together. This is what His apostles and disciples also did, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the early Christian communities.

Brothers and sisters of the resurrection, we gather here today because of the One who calls us together: Jesus Christ. We who come from different families, communities, and walks of life are united in this Eucharistic banquet to give praise and thanks to the Lord, to ask for His forgiveness and mercy, and to pray for one another. This is the power of the resurrection of Christ which brings about communion in charity. This is the Church that we all are part of. Looking at our own lives, we can ask these questions: am I a person of communion? In our families and communities today, who occupies the central place: is it our Lord Jesus?

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