Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Bonhoeffer: community in Christ alone

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
    Feast of the Holy Cross
    If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
    —Philippians 2:1-2 (NIV)
    Christian community is not an ideal that we must realize, but rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our community is in Jesus Christ alone, the more calmly shall we think of our community and pray and hope for it.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together [1954], tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress Press, 2004, p. 38 (see the book)
    See also Phil. 2:1-2; Jer. 45:5; Acts 2:42; Heb. 3:1; 1 John 1:7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You enfold us in Your body.
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