St. Paul and others in the early Christian communities would refer to each other as saints. I would guess few, if any of us, see our fellow parishioners as saints. But St. Paul says that we should. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that, “The principal fruit of receiving the Eucharist…is an intimate union with Christ Jesus” (paragraph 1391). But many returning to their pews appear to be far from an “intimate union with Christ.”
So, we know that this urging of St. Paul is not easy to put into practice! But this Christmas season, as we honor the Holy Family, may just be the best time to begin reframing our view of our faith communities (and our wider communities) as beloved communities. Can we get a little better at putting on “holy and heartfelt compassion” and look at each other returning from Communion as saints?
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