Jesus calls some people to live a covenant between them in community life. They belong to one another. They are a sign of God's tenderness and faithfulness. Some are called to live celibacy. They receive this as a gift from Jesus which is a source of life for others.
Community life is not always easy. In the community, there are some people I really like! We have the same sensitivity and see things the same way. We are a source of life and strength for each other. But there are others I just can't stand! We never agree but get on each other's nerves. There is a block between us. We need Jesus and the gift of His Holy Spirit in order to be able to accept and love each person in the way Jesus loves him or her.
Every community is based on trust, trust that it is Jesus who calls us together; trust in one another, that we are all brothers and sisters, that each one has a place and can grow. Yes, Jesus is alive today. I recognise Him in the community of brothers and sisters, in the covenant that binds us together. Communities founded on the love of Jesus open their doors wide to receive the poor and the lonely. Jesus teaches us to give with confidence.
Community life need forgiveness. Forgiveness is one the greatest gifts of the Father to humanity. So quickly I can hurt another person: I do not allow him or her to be different. I do not really listen, I just close myself up in my own needs and problems. To forgive means to break down the barrier which separate people. To forgive means to be an instrument of peace. To forgive means to rediscover the covenant that binds us together.
Celebration is at the heart of community. To celebrate means to give thanks, to express our joy and our trust, because Jesus has freed us from our prison of loneliness. He has come to be with us. He gives us to each other; He creates a covenant between us. We will never again be alone. We belong to a people that is united and loved.
If we are people who pray, if our communities are living, loving close to the poor, we will be witnesses of Jesus in society and at work. We will help break down the barrier that separate countries, peoples, classes. We will become real instruments of peace and reconciliation. We will work toward a better world where all men, women and children, even the smallest and the most helpless, can live their human dignity as children of God in a loving community.