Many classes and much reading and paper writing are involved in the deacon formation process, but I’m convinced one of the most important things happening to me during this formation time is the community that I am becoming a part of. You can’t spend eleven weekends a year with people and not come close to them. Some of the most important things we do are eat, drink, and worship together.
When Jesus came on the scene, He announced, “The Kingdom of God is at hand.” The Bible is full of stories of Jesus eating and drinking with people, all people, the marginalized of society as well as those in leadership. He did not pick and choose whom He would commune with. Jesus drew all people to himself, and His love for them all is clear.
Humans have a built in desire for community. We need friends, and our friends are a part of who we are. In a sense, those who read Mary Mail are a community. My hope is that the biggest thing we have in common is not that we read the same piece of writing, but that we all know Jesus.
And that He is the center of our communion.