If we have everything in common with others, except our faith in the risen Christ, we are alien to each other. If we live in almost totally different worlds but have one thing in common, our faith in the risen Christ, then we are brothers and sisters, members of Christ's body.
Believing in and living for the risen Christ means more than everything else put together. For example, an elderly, affluent Christian business person will have a deeper sense of community with a young, impoverished, Tanzanian, Christian farmer than with non-Christian business partners.
Our faith in the risen Christ should motivate us to want to share daily community life with others who have also been transformed by the risen Jesus. We want to share the Bible, the Eucharist, time, prayer, material possessions, and meals (see Acts 2:42-46). Because we share a faith in the risen Christ, we want to share even "our very lives" (1 Thes 2:8).
The normal desire for community life with those who also believe in the risen Christ is stifled by sin, unforgiveness, fear, and doubt. In this state, we have more in common with the secular world than with believers in the risen Christ. We must believe, repent, and then live the normal, radical, risen community life called for by faith in the risen Christ.
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from April 1, 2009 through May 31, 2009.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 3, 2008.