“Communism or Simply Being Human”

Acts 4:32-37; Jn. 3:7-15

“The whole community of believers was, one in heart and mine. No one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but rather they shared all things in common.”

Native Americans did the same thing, until the explorers came to the shores. All was shared in common and no one wanted for any thing.  I was told last week when I shared this scripture that I was sounding like a “communist”;  I can remember promoting Unicef in churches I pastored being accused of being a “communist” sympathizer.  The reality is that when all things are held in common,  that no one wants for anything.  That is the teaching of the Scriptures–to share, to hold in  common–means that all are provided for. Eternity is now, and we live out eternity in the way we treat people. When we see that then we see that all can be provided for.  To throw the word “communist” in one’s face is to shut off one’s ability to give, out of the goodness of one’s life and heart, it is to make political what is simply just humanity.  If we begin to look outside of ourselves and share then many of the material problems in this world will be ended.

I spent day cooking and with the young Jesuit novice. He is seeing life from a different perspective, and I hope understanding that life is life, and that one should approach it as such and live it out. Served meal, and went to bed early. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

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