After 38 hours of traveling and eating pizza in airports, my oldest daughter returned home from the Dominican Republic this morning. She had been gone for a week, working in the community of Cachon. Three years ago my wife and I had also been to Cachon, where we worked with the same church and the same community. As my daughter showed our family all of her pictures from the trip, my wife and I were flooded with fond memories of when we had last been with these amazing people in the Dominican. We saw many of the same people, that we can come to know and love, now standing alongside our daughter in these pictures.
There was a phrase that my daughter used upon returning home that resonated with both my wife and I. She said, “Cachon is such an amazing community of people…who love people.”
She is absolutely right. My daughter discovered the same amazing experience that my wife and I had also had. As you stepped into this community…you suddenly found yourself welcomed INTO a new community. It indeed was something very special. This is such a wonderful picture of the Church that Christ has established.
In John 19:25-27, Jesus is hanging on the cross. He is in intense pain and he is suffering greatly. Yet, his heart for the people at the foot of the cross is expressed. Jesus sees his mother…and he sees his friend John…and he looks at them both and says “behold your mother…and behold your son.” I find that at this moment Jesus is setting up something amazing. Jesus is setting some of the groundwork for the Church! He is laying the foundation for a New Community of believers…that love each other…that care for each other…that care for one another’s burdens…like never before!
It is incredible!
It is new!
It is Community!
It is the Church!