Jun 112015

By Fr. Andrew Kelly


Theoretically a believing community is filled with vibrant faith, hope, love, joy and peace in Jesus Christ. If this is theoretically true, why does a community sometimes come across as harsh, cold, apathetic, despairing, rigid, hostile and suspicious? Who, in their right mind, would want to belong to such a group? Such a community slowly diminishes and eventually disappears.

Has the community forgotten that its spiritual center is Christ’s seed planted deep within its soul? This is Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 4:26-34) message. Christ’s seed fills the community with faith, hope, love, joy and peace. With Christ’s seed growing within it, even in this day and age, the community begins to reflect Christ’s ways, thus becoming much more attractive.

Once Christ’s seed is planted, Christ is eternally present. There is no longer any excuse for anything else but faith, hope, love, joy and peace radiating from the community no matter how bad or tragic life may be.

The community is filled with Christ’s disciples whom spiritually Christ explains everything to in private. Christ reveals the mysterious secret of Christ’s fullness within the community. No wonder the community’s is so filled with faith, hope, love, joy and peace in Jesus Christ.

(Father Andrew Kelly is a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport.)

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