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Re Talks

Re Talks

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 TOPICS1.Building Eucharistic Communities2.Jesus the gift of the Father3.Journey from Belief to Faith - Christmas4.Consecrated Obedience5.Jesus the greatest Lover and Guru of Bethany6.Option for the Poor1.Building Eucharistic Communities
INTRODUCTIONOur human minds can admire the ideal of community placed before us by Jesuswhen he revealed the three personed life of God. The human heart can desire itgreatly too. The human will can even decide to imitate this ideal and try very hard todo so. But by his own strength and resolution man cannot come even close to itsattainment; it is beyond him. Even of the first Christian community after Jesus’ deathwe read of Paul, Mark and Barnabas: “After a violent quarrel they parted company”(Acts 15:39)Because of the Fall, and a recurrent failure in the fullness of faith, we are continually plagued by our selfishness and controlled by subconscious instinctual drives. Thismakes man helpless to live Christian community as God has asked him to do it,without a new power and a new presence within him.EUCHARISTWe receive this new power and presence through the Eucharist. It is not possible toestablish Christian community by making laws about it and by drawing up punishments for those who fail. This eliminates the God given gift of freedomwithout which man cannot reach goodness at all. The experience of Christiancommunity has to be one of experienced freedom, of controls from within, not fromoutside. Unless people want it, it is simply unattainable, because at heart it is anexercise in freedom.
 
You know that in the Olympic Games, one of the gruelling events in athletics is themarathon: about 28 miles. It often happens that some runners start very quickly, arein front for a third or half of the way, and then collapse unable to finish; they havelost all their reserve; and along the way, some drink or some food, especially sugar,is given to the runner to preserve and strengthen their energy; persevering efforts andrenewal of energy are essential requirements to win this race. Saint Paul himself hascompared Christian life to a race in the stadium; we know it is long, and tiring, if westart and fall on the way, it is of no use for us. Need to keep the life of Christ aliveand strong in us all our lives, since it is the only way in which we can go to God our Father. Because of our human nature, again and again we need to deepen and foster this life of Christ in us, in a way, which will correspond to our human manner of living. The Lord has provided for this need by instituting Eucharist.This new power and this new presence which make community possible areavailable only to those who have truly died and risen with Christ by faith. Paulreminds the faith community at Colossae that they need not be guided merely by the principles of this world when he wrote: “If you have really died with Christ, to the principles of this world, why do you still let rules dictate to you, as though you werestill living in this world?” (Col. 2:20)COMMUNITYThe Christian model of life in community has two dimensions which othegroupings and government styles usually lack. They are love and trust. These lead todeeper levels of communication and a type of government different from and moreChristian than the other models of community. The members of a Christiancommunity follow Paul’s exhortation to the Ephesians: “If we live by truth and inlove, we shall grow in all ways into Christ” (Eph. 4:15)The members of the Christian community care about one another, share with and bear with one another, submit to one another and serve the kingdom of God inthemselves and in the world. To those who lack faith this model of living together isimpossible and appears to be nonsense.
 
For the Christian person however, it is real, because Jesus revealed it to us throughEucharist. The community life is above just living together, from merely making pleasant noises, from simple common engagement on a project of work or from anyform of mutual manipulation. In being a community we must care about, share with, bear each other’s burdens and submit to one another because of their love and alsoserve the world.CARINGIf we take Eucharist as a memorial of Jesus’ life here on earth we can understand better how Jesus cared for the people whom the Father had given to him. First of allHe became a human person because of our love. He wanted to liberate us from our  bondages. So He expressed his care and concern towards children, sinners, sick,hungry, outcastes, poor and downtrodden. Illustration: Jesus the Good Shepherd.SHARINGJesus’ infinite caring led him to complete sharing of himself with others. When Jesus began to tell his disciples and the people the secrets of the Kingdom God heintimately shared the knowledge that leads us to eternal life. Jesus shared in theaspirations, joys and sorrows of people when He humbled himself and began tomove freely with everyone and specially when he took part in fellowship meals withthe tax collectors and sinners. Finally He shared whole of His life when He gave His body and blood for our deliverance on the cross. This loving sacrifice we celebrateeven today so that we might break ourselves to build up our communities.Illustration: Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross for us unworthy sinners.“All I have is yours and all you have is mine” (Jn.17: 1) When we can say this to oneanother, we can be sure that we have reached a high degree of Christian community.It is a very real and valid measure of the quality of our caring.BEARINGFirst of all Jesus bore the burden of the Father by taking on himself the sins andsufferings of the world in reparation. Secondly, Jesus understood every person Hecame across. He had tremendous patience with his simple uneducated disciples. Hewas extremely kind towards sinners, Scribes and Pharisees. Though they questioned

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