THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
Today’s readings: Acts 4:32-37
One key word for us in the Church and in community is solidarity.
Solidarity essentially means unity and stewardship. This was
the situation of the first Christian community established
after Pentecost. “The community of believers was of
one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions
was his own, but they had everything in common.” (Acts
Church is the one body of Christ, with Christ as the head.
Though the Church has many different members, who have many
different opinions, desires, agenda, priorities, etc., she
ought to have the one mind and heart of Jesus. Thus her members
subordinate their minds and will to Christ.
the different members of the Church have their own resources
and possessions, given to them by God, they recognize that
they are mere stewards of what still belongs to God. Thus
they are to use these resources to give glory to God and in
ways that benefit the body and the mission of the body. Thus
they subordinate their personal priorities and well-being
to that of the whole body.
What constitutes being of one heart?
love the one and same Jesus, whom we accept as Savior and
love our brethren as we love ourselves.
share the same passion for proclaiming the gospel.
What constitutes being of one mind?
we think differently, we put on the mind of Christ, and
thus move forward in one accord.
share the one vision for the one mission.
know we are all walking along the same path of holiness
and to the cross, and wish no one to be left behind.
What constitutes having everything in common?
accept that everything belongs to God and that we are just
stewards of what God entrusts to us.
are willing to give generously of our time, talent and treasure
in order to help brethren in need and to further our mission.
If only members of the Church and of community will live their
lives in solidarity, the problem of poverty will be solved.
The solution is not in making the poor rich, but that the
basic needs of everyone would be met. “There was no
needy person among them” (Acts 4:34a). There would be
no hunger or homelessness, and everyone can live a life of
dignity, as a child of God properly provided for by a loving
with lives lived in solidarity, their witness to the world
will be powerful, just like the apostles. “With great
power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the
Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.”