Being In Greater Communion

BY WINDI MITCHELL | June 3rd, 2024
Sunday’s Readings

I recently had the opportunity to gather for a family-style potluck dinner with my students who will be on a service trip together this summer. The evening was a fellowship-filled night with excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to act and engage with a new community. These students will be the first delegation from Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, NC) on a week-long service trip to Jerusalem Farm in Kansas City, Missouri. 

At one point during our gathering, the students decided to move to an outdoor table together. I was touched by their courage to find a quiet place to be with one another as they prepared for their journey, in some ways similar to the Last Supper that Jesus and his disciples had together before the intense and life-changing experience they underwent. 

Students of Cardinal Gibbons share a meal before they embark on their service-immersion trip.

Students of Cardinal Gibbons share a meal before they embark on their service-immersion trip. Photo courtesy of the author.

I could not help but recall the words from this week’s Gospel of Mark, “The Teacher says, ’Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Make the preparations for us there.”  The disciples are at the threshold of their summit and are about to discover the wild possibilities within them. So, too, are my students. Bread will be broken. Maybe some preconceived notions or frameworks will be broken, too, as they undergo their farm experience. Undoubtedly, fellowship will continue to nourish their bodies and spirits. 

As I looked back outside through the window from the kitchen I witnessed my students being renewed by the grace of being in greater communion with Jesus and, in turn, with those we encounter. We are asked not to be fearful, but to allow the Spirit to do good work and change our lives. Jesus’ words and, in turn, our actions, remind us that we are God’s gift and a light to the world meant to be shared.

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  1. Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight
    Dr. Eileen Quinn Knight says:

    Windy Mitchell’s reflection is very moving from the story she told to her own movement in relation to God’s call.
    In our area of the world, we finished the Beta program that had significant impact on the young adult men/women who took the program together. On the Sunday I met the group, they were getting together to pray the Mass together. Several told me they were not Catholic but wanted to know more about what drew others to be Catholic. The Beta program gathered them together and in a Communion like way gathered them to eat together. It is the same Eucharist that Jesus drew his disciples to at the Last Supper. A time to talk, reflect together and share a meal. The people were sincere in their effort to make this sense of discipleship. A strong sense of community in an evangelizing manner as their conversation was energized and thoughtful in regard to the aspects of Christ’s discipleship that were prevalent in their thoughts and words and actions.

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