Parker Palmer a spiritual writer of the Quaker tradition, says that community is the place where the person you least want to live with….always lives.
Community is not a place where you love each other warmly, freely and affectionately. Community is actually where you are cleansed, where your love is tested. It is a place where your “Child of God” is put through the real challenge of human relationships. So….in reality community is a place where Judas sometimes lives….and sometimes it is you also.
Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles; first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddarus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
Lord I accept your journey of living, loving and serving in community as a necessary membership in humanity. I understand that my church, my family and my neighborhood is my path, where I will find You in humanness along with imperfections, especially my own.
…..this Sabbath Day I light the candles of peace, hope, joy and Love….