Grace to you!
Imagine how the world would have been if there were no community, no communion and no love? Could you fathom a scenario where there was only one person on the face of the planet without family, friends, no cries of babies, no “hellos”, no “see you tomorrow”, and no “goodnight?”
Such a world would be a nightmare. I wouldn’t like to be in such a world, and I guess you wouldn’t either. God didn’t wish it for us to live life in such a manner. From the start of creation, communion, relationship was included in the plan.
Desire for relationship, for communion, or for reaching out to others, is ingrain in human nature. By nature we are social beings. It’s one of the Creator’s gifts to us.
This truth is well captured in the Genesis account of creation (Gen 2:18-25). The text writes of God’s plan for us to be in relationship. It also writes of divine ordained will for marriage.
God sees being alone, alone not just for a moment, but for the entirety of one’s life as not good. Recall God declared good, all He created (Gn 1:4, 10,12,18, and 25). But for the man to be alone, God said, “It is not good” (Gen 2:18).
Have you ever felt alone? Not necessarily in the physical sense, but emotionally and spiritually. At those moments, don’t you feel the weight of abandonment, or sometimes, don’t you get depressed? Those moments remind us of this word of God regarding the terrible nature of being alone. From being alone, loneliness could be next in line. Loneliness isn’t a blessing we would wish on anyone.
Loneliness is overcome when love, true love, agape, finds a friend. Married people can also feel lonely, though married and not alone. A heart-to-heart communion is the answer to loneliness. For the married, this is found when the two are truly soul mates, bonded by the love of the triune God. The grace of love-communication keeps the fire of love alive, preventing loneliness.
For those not married, such as those who promised perpetual virginity, celibacy or simply those who are single for one reason or another, this is found when the soul is in love with the Communion of Love, the Trinity.
Love in the Trinity is the ultimate answer to loneliness. You know it, for instance, when you are alone, or with someone, yet you feel lonely, and then you allow the grace of divine communion to enwrap your heart with the touch of divine love. You feel the world all around you, though you may be alone. One with God is one in communion.
Communion, companionship, community provide a refreshing avenue for us to be what God has intended for us. God knows we need each other. God provided that we relate with each other. More, our hearts need communion with their Maker.
Our hearts are made in such a way that they are open for such relationships. Marriage is the excellent example of this in human society. Communion with God is the perfection of it in eternity.
For the alone, be assured of the communion of the Trinity. For the married, be confident you are made for each other for love.
Praying for God’s blessings and renewal of the love of married people. May the Lord invigorate singles and those who made vows of celibacy with the grace flowing from the communion of the Trinity. To the lonely, may grace of communion abide. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday Week 5 Ordinary Time: Gn 2:18-25; Mk 7:24-30]
Author and Goal
Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.