Gospel Mt 28:16-20
The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
I HAVE BEEN CREATED FOR A COMMUNION OF LOVE
It somehow arrests our attention that we as human beings need others to be happy. Do I not need others? Do I not need to be accepted by them, understood by them, and loved by them? No one is happy if “you” is missing, a person through whom “I” and “others” can give and receive love. This is the reason why we avoid isolation and solitude! When we are alone or even when we feel lonely, a deep sadness, boredom, and lack of purpose arise within and overwhelm us. These feelings can easily lead to despair and sometimes progress to such intensity that we would rather end our lives.
However, the experience of friendship and love, of community and communion are directly and inarguably linked to the joy and happiness of the human person. Indeed, there is true joy and happiness when we experience love, when we are worth something to others, and when we love ourselves. It is from the fruit of such love that we can love others. There is true fulfillment and satisfaction when we live a communion of love with others.
It seems paradoxical that we are destined to find joy in others, outside ourselves. Nevertheless, the more I search for joy in myself—alone, self-sufficient, and independent from others—the less fulfilled I will be. Without the other, and without the Other, I cannot be happy, I cannot understand myself, and I cannot find the fulfillment that I seek.
The Mystery of the Trinity gives a shinning example concerning the mystery of who I am. It shows how to correctly respond to my inner longings and sheds light on who I really am: a human being made for communion. This is because God Himself is a Communion of Love. Because I was created in His image and likeness, I, too, am created for communion. When I understand my origins, the fact that God is Love itself, and that He has created me for and to love, I realize that I will never find fulfillment or happiness if I do not give of myself to others and receive the love of others. Only by remaining open to the love of God, by living in communion with Him and with my human siblings will I experience joy and fulfillment.
How can I live communion in my own life?
1. First, it is essential to persevere in my pray life, and in doing so grow in my love of God. The person who places the Lord Jesus at the center of his life and reflects on His words, actions, and teachings will steadily enter into communion with God and will find Himself filled with His love: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him” (Jn 14:23) This presence and love of God will then be expressed naturally in the way we treat our brothers and sisters, for whom we are called to be a living reflection of God’s love.
2. “The contemplation of the mystery of the Trinity is a source of teaching about the everyday life of a person: being human means to have a reverent openness to the other. The others are not hell, as Sartre said, but they are invitations to fulfill ourselves by communion and loving service.” (Luis Fernando Figari) In order to live a life of service, a life of generous giving of self to others, it is essential to work for communion. Many believe that in serving, one is lowering oneself to be less than the others. They think that they have to dominate, to make others serve them, and that its about knowing how to manipulate others to achieve their own purposes. It is crucial to change these anti-gospel criteria, to fight against every selfish attitude, against every thought of “serving myself through the efforts of others”, “that the others must serve me”, and “the other must serve me first” (why do I always have to be served first?). I should examine my life in
light of service. Look at Christ, our Teacher and Model: He “did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28) Ask yourself: How can I serve in my house or in my community? Overcome your slothfulness, overcome your selfishness and individuality, reach out and come to encounter the needs of others. The people who you live with, help them in every way you can; serve first and do not wait for the other, always ask yourself “What can I do?” instead of “What can they do for me?”
3. In order to build communion, it is crucial to fight against selfishness and against individualism. These are two great illnesses that affect our current society. Selfishness is the attitude of someone who sees and thinks about himself before thinking about the needs of others. Individualism is the attitude of someone who believes that he does not need anyone. He turns in upon himself; he does not care the people around him. Both attitudes are dangerous poisons to achieving the communion and joy we are called to live. It is necessary to examine ourselves for any such attitudes. We must rid ourselves of them in our daily conduct by the grace of God. To fight against selfishness and individualism, always try to think about other’s needs before your own prerogatives or “requirements”—be concerned about others. Even in small ways, seek to make sacrifices for the sake of others.
4. Although it will be very difficult, it is very important that you forgive. It is essential that you forgive the person who has offended you, or the person who always gets on your nerves. You must also ask for forgiveness when you harm someone, whether it is by unwarranted words or selfish attitude. It is essential to live reconciliation in order to heal wounds and build communion in a community founded on love.
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