Community On Fire

I have been participating in discussions lately about how to create community—how does it happen and how to make it flourish. With these ideas swirling in my head, I thought about the apostles and how amazing it is that they created a community because they shared the same faith. The imagery in the reading made me think of the saying people use when someone’s passion shows through in their actions: “You’re on fire!” The converse to that is when they are not feeling
confident: “They’ve lost their fire.”

I was preparing for this column and came across a poem about Pentecost, written by William Blake,
which caused me to take some time to reflect. Part of the poem says:

Unless the eye catch fire, God will not be seen.
Unless the ear catch fire, God will not be heard.
Unless the tongue catch fire, God will not be named.
Unless the heart catch fire, God will not be loved.
Unless the mind catch fire, God will not be known.

During this feast of Pentecost, I pray that we all catch fire, each in our own way. My hope is that we dare to ignite the fire within ourselves, and by doing so, we kindle the flame of others. Perhaps, that’s how we create community and continue to fan the flames. I’m looking forward to seeing our community “on fire!”

Peace and good,
Rosa Rodriguez-Saiz
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