This Sunday we are looking at two types of community. The first is one that is characterized by fear and as a consequence is hidden; locked away. The second is characterized by care and love and is out in the open; anyone can see them.
It is noteworthy that both of these communities are made up of followers of Jesus. Even more interesting, both communities almost certainly contained the same people. What changed, what happened? I think what happened was the deep-seated, unshakeable belief that “we are not alone” became part of these people. When they understood they were always in connection with Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit the were able to become more generous, more open, more caring.
Which community do we want to be?