In Matthew’s gospel Jesus proclaims, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Do you ever wonder what he was trying to tell us? I doubt if he was hinting that we should measure devotion by the attendance at church. Yet, there is a concept that we maybe have escaped during our experience with the pandemic.
We are social creatures. From the Genesis account of creation onward, the Biblical record affirms our need for community and relatedness.
I am not minimizing the concern for health and our need for caution related to the spread of the virus. However, we have seen an unnatural growing quest for privacy and the rights of the individual. In some cases this has led to fear and deep sadness.
The word “Community” is part of our church’s name. Let us again reaffirm our need for connectedness and needs of others so that indeed the Christ may be felt to be in our midst.
~ Rev. Dr. Fred Leasure, Parish Associate