March 24: Love Each Other

by Dorothy De Crescenzo

“Give thanks to the LORD Almighty for the LORD is good; His love endures forever.”

The social activist and “Servant of God” Dorothy Day wrote, “We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love we must know each other. We know Him in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any more. We have all known the long loneliness, and we have all learned that the only solution is love, and that love comes with community.”

I believe that our Beloved Community at The Church of the Ascension is a vehicle of grace for us all, through our shared life of worship and fellowship. Like Blind Bartimaeus, we ask for Jesus to heal us, to help us face our own wounds, and sins, and to forgive us: to give us sight — and insight — so that we may follow Him along the road, and serve in this broken and beautiful world. Throughout this Lenten season, I continue to pray for an inquiring and discerning heart, so that I might discover how best to serve the larger community, where there is so much darkness, and how — as an individual and as a member of my Beloved Community — I can share the light that is the Good News of the kingdom of God…whose love endures forever.

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, our heart is restless until it rests in You.”

St. Augustine