They had everything in common.

At first glance, these early believers didn’t seem to have anything in common. They came from different social classes and practiced different trades. They spoke a variety of languages. Some had been part of God’s chosen people for generations while others were newcomers.

However, when each of them heard and believed the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, they felt moved by the Holy Spirit to come together and form a new community of brothers and sisters. Suddenly one another’s well-being became their primary concern. They realized that everything they had was on loan from God, intended to help build his kingdom. So they brought everything—possessions, riches, skills, and talents—and laid them at the feet of the apostles.

As Christians, we may differ in many ways, but we have what is most essential in common: we have been baptized into the one body of Christ. All we are and have is given to us so that we can bless one another. So how can we live out this call? Let’s look at some examples.

Roger had always skipped over the notice in the parish bulletin seeking catechists, but this time he realized those CCD classes were taking place during an hour when he had no other commitments. So he took a deep breath and volunteered.

While walking with her husband, Gracie saw a woman shivering under a bridge. She immediately pictured the fur coat hanging in her closet and remembered the old saying, “The coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it.” Gracie learned the woman’s name and asked her to wait while she went home to get her that coat.

Ellen often found the news depressing, but one night the image on the television of a starving child’s face pierced her heart. She pledged to pray a daily Rosary for that region of the world. Eventually, she was able to make a small, regular donation to a mission group there.

These believers found creative ways to build up the common good. How is God inviting you to be a little more generous with your brothers and sisters today?

“Holy Spirit, show me one specific way to make myself more available to someone today.”

Psalm 93:1-2, 5
John 3:7-15
Acts 4:32-37


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