The words below are taken from "Bread for the Journey" written by theologian Henri Nouwen, a book of meditations for each day of the year. As I read this one, a picture appeared in my mind of a place I know very well, one that I see each week, usually on Sunday. As you read Henri's words, what picture do you visualize?
The Mosaic that shows us the face of God
A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself. That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say "I make God visible." But others who see us together can say, "They make God visible." Community is where humility and glory touch.
What picture came into your mind of a community that makes God visible?
Barbara Carbonneau: Outreach member, St. Matthew's
(reprinted from May 2014)