Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum


Trinity Community of Love
Acts 2:43-47
Dr. Eapen Daniel
Trinity MTC, Houston

44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.
Today we live in a world in which nations and communities are closer than ever. Thanks to the explosion of electronic media, events that happen in any part of the globe become fully visual to us in real time. Ironically, in our daily lives, we are still isolating ourselves from other communities, based on religion, language, skin color and so on. In the book of Acts, the members of the original church cared for each other in a way that every resource was freely accessible to the members, regardless of ownership. All properties were considered common, shared by church members, and individual wellbeing was a concern for all church attendees. Members derived much happiness and spiritual and emotional enrichment by doing so. The so called ‘first love’ of the people of the original church were later lost as faith faded away within.
As humans living in various communities, we are free and are able to know and love others, but it also means that our belonging to the society of humankind, our fellowship with other people, and our social behaviors define who and what we are. As Christians, we believe in Trinity – God in 3 persons. According to Sr. Nonna Harrison, the three divine persons are forever united with each other in mutual love, they dwell in each other. They collaborate continually, sharing as one, in all their activities. They are related to each other in a specific order, a taxis, since the Father is the source of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Yet they are completely equal to each other, and each is completely free and possesses royal dignity. Though they are three persons, they are one God, and they always act in unanimity.
We cannot live a blessed and productive Christian life, a life that adds meaning and spiritual vitality, without love and concern for others who are within and outside the community. Our faith and trust in the Trinity extends our inner love far and wide that it creates vibrations that could touch many.

PRAYER

God, give us strength to trust You more and extend Thy love to everyone that we meet in our daily lives. Amen

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Dependence on God is what makes our life more fruitful and pleasing.