Each of us builds up one another. We are all together one body, made of many parts. But there is more than just being a part of the body. It becomes our responsibility to help the body stay healthy and grow. In fact, there are many opportunities for us to do so: studying the Bible together, deep faith sharing, helping others, and even going to and participating in Mass.
I’ve personally had the chance to experience this with Newman’s retreats and Kyrie Eleison’s families and small groups. They have given me a sense of belonging and companionship, while continuing to steady and grow my faith. We share about our struggles, our laughters, our failures, and our accomplishments.
A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to help build a house for a family in Tijuana. That trip became more than just building a house. I ate, talked, played, and cried with the family, with others who have had houses built for them, and with some of the children. I learned that literally building communities metaphorically means developing fellowship.
When we get together in groups and share our faith, laughter, and experiences, no matter how small, we’re building up the entire Church. The Catechism tells us that “in Christian usage, the word ‘church’ designates the liturgical assembly, but also the local community or the whole universal community of believers. These three meanings are inseparable” (CCC 752). The building never stops.
Though many students here will be graduating and taking off into the world, they are still a part of our community, and our community a part of them. They will continue to shine Christ’s light in what they do. They will continue to build community. “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).