“We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
Words from of First Reading today, the Letter to the Hebrews.
Whenever we have a family party and someone cannot attend, the event just isn’t what it could be.
Someone who belongs, is not there.
Someone vital is missing.
God made us in his image.
God’s image is three persons in one Divine Being.
God’s essence is community.
And so are we.
We need community.
It’s who we are in our very essence.
We all have times when we hear a voice who tries to keep us from community:
“I’m just too busy today.”
“The community just has too much drama within it.”
“The community is growing irritating.”
“I’ve gotten everything I can from this group and it has nothing new and exciting to offer.”
“I had a great community and it was taken away.”
“Nobody would even notice if I wasn’t there.”
Being part of our community isn’t only about what we get out of the experience.
It’s also about what we bring to it.
Each of us is an essential element, who contributes to a dynamic, life-giving energy.
There is something mystical and unexplainable that happens when we are together in worship.
We may not know each other.
But we need each other.
The community is not the same when we stay away – and neither are we.