February 10, 2021
St. Scholastica
The Need for Community
The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and placed there the man whom he had formed.
Genesis 2:8

In the second chapter of Genesis, the creation account describes how the man was, at first, alone. It is almost hard to fathom…just one person in all of creation. 

Today, for many of us, the importance of community became evident during the pandemic when social distancing was enforced. In some cases, this meant no hugs, no helping hand, no pats on the back, no shoulder to cry on. Early research has shown that social distancing has a significant impact on our mental health and emotional well-being.

We humans are meant to live in community to support one another and to share. As a line in the first Rocky movie put it, “She’s got gaps, I got gaps, together we fill gaps.” Therein lies the power of relationships—to bring one another to wholeness.

How often it is that we don’t realize how important something is until it is taken away.

- Judy Schueneman

Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17 • Psalm 104:1-2, 27-30 Mark 7:14-23
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