None of the brothers must lay claim to anything as his own, but you are to possess everything in common
Rule of St. Albert, No. 12
“Your earnings are not yours, but the community’s,” this was one of the reminders that Fr. Bernard Roosendaal, OCarm gave us in one of our sessions with him during our novitiate year.
And the reason why we don’t own what we earn is because whatever needs we have it is the community who will provide.
In the creation of the early Christian community, the apostles were not remiss in reminding them to be generous and hospitable with each other.
Because of the attitude of sharing in community, no one was in need. This is also a manifestation of love as preached by Jesus.
Contrary to our culture of accumulation today, Jesus preached sharing, not of one’s extra but of what he has, even if what he has is not enough for himself and his family.
As apostle Paul told the church in Corinth, the Macedonians, who despite their extreme poverty, joyfully shared “according to their means… and beyond their means, of their own free will.” (2 Corinthians 8:3).
And as Paul said: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
How honest are you in living a life of poverty?
What commitment will you make to show your sincerity in following Christ?
Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet; and distribution was made to each as any had need.
Lord, grant me a generous heart, one with the courage to express my love to others, especially to those in need, by sharing not my extra but that which you have entrusted me. Amen.