Gathering together is a key part of our Catholic Faith. It is one of the unique identifying characteristics of our faith- our sense of community. Jesus gathered people. He gathered his friends, the apostles and disciples. People also gathered around him as we see time and time again in the scriptures. We gather together every Sunday as the Body of Christ to receive the Body of Christ. These Eucharistic gatherings in our lives are so important to us. They feed us and nourish us on our faith journey.
Last night, I was reminded of the importance of gathering as our Charis Retreat team in Athens, GA gathered to plan our next Charis Retreat. Nine young adults gathered together last night. As I find often in these Eucharistic gatherings, we were fed and nourished by our time together as we shared our lives and planned the retreat. We left energized and hopeful. We gathered last night to plan an opportunity for others to gather with us--so that they may be nourished and fed and energized and hopeful.
So is the rhythm of our faith. We gather to be fed so we can help feed others.
What moments in your life are Eucharistic gatherings?