April 27, 2014, “Sharing In Common”, Acts 2:42-47; Jn. 20:19-31; John Paul II; John XXIII

What made Christians stand out was not their belief in a man who rose from the dead–for there were many cults with the same theme-it was their lving out their faith in the living Christ–selling their property, giving it to the poor, living in common, taking care of the sick–their experience of the living Christ led them to risk their lives in caring for others.

Today as I left church, James, asked me for a couple of dollars, some food, socks, and showed me his identification card he had purchased with some money I had given him, he has been homeless since he was fifteen, and he asked me to pray with him. And I thought to myself, this is the ministry to which I was called, and I am thankful. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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We can transform this culture we live in, and which lives in us, by transforming our own motivations and exemplifying this to others. We owe this to the animals. In the end, we are not separate from others, and we each have a critical piece to the great puzzle of cultural awakening to contribute, and our success and fulfillment depend on each of us discovering this piece and presenting it persistently.

As Albert Schweitzer said, “One thing I know. The only ones among you who will find happiness are those who have sought, and found, how to serve.”Dr. Will Tuttle

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