The Importance of the Communal Life As Seen in Two Cartoons

053014There is a line from scripture that says, Woe to the solitary man. If he falls he has no one to lift him up (Ecclesiastes 4:10).

Scripture also says, And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Heb 10:24-25). The teaching is clear: we must come together each week for Mass and learn to live in deep communion with one another. We are not meant to make this journey alone. We need encouragement and exhortation, food for the journey, and companionship and protection.

In the days of Jesus it was almost unthinkable for a person to make a lengthy journey alone. Once a person left the relative safety of the town, the journey got dangerous. There were robbers lying in wait along the roads just looking for vulnerable targets. For this reason people almost always made journeys in groups.

This is a good image for the spiritual journey we must all make. Alone we are easy targets. We are vulnerable and without help when spiritual demons attack.

Yet another insight says, Feuding brothers reconcile when there is a maniac at the the door.

Somehow I thought of all this when I saw these two videos. They are clever and make the point of partnership or perish, teamwork or terror, love or lose, hang together or hang separately. Yes, woe to the solitary man! How necessary the protection of the flock. How necessary for the herd to stay together.

3 Replies to “The Importance of the Communal Life As Seen in Two Cartoons”

  1. Looking for a good Catholic community is very hard to find nowadays. There are many of which have members that are not fully accepting the positions of the Church. We continue to pray to the HOLY SPIRIT for one that will come our way/journey. We got burned with one and we do not want to experience the same humiliation. We know that GOD is steadfast and faithful to those who have faith and love and service. Thank you, Monsignor for reminding us.

    1. Perhaps God keeps you in this particular community because He needs you to carry out an effective apostolate among these members who have strayed and who would benefit from a friendship that leads them to understand and accept the Church’s teachings.

  2. Thank you, Suzana. We were vilified but after a while we were vindicated. Those who were trying to destroy us eventually came to know that we were after the spiritual health of those we shepherded not lording over them and always pointing them towards the Church teachings and to its service not just to the community. YHWH SHEKINAH!!!

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