| Reyanna Rice | January 15, 2013 | CCMT |
At the start of Sunday’s gathering, Jim Hogan posed a question to the group basically asking us to think about what the mission of our group is to be.
Here is what I think: First and most importantly is that we hold each other up and keep each other’s flame alight. I speak from experience…I am not sure where I would be today without the support of this group. I mean this not only from a faith life perspective but from an all life perspective. In the past years I have not only been grieving the loss of a husband (I knew from the time of his diagnosis that his life was very limited on this earth) but I have grieved the loss of my church. I think everyone in the group could tell similar stories.
It has been a blessing to me to have this close group of people and almost daily feel like their hands are physically holding me steady. To come together with them to share Eucharist and faith is such a wonderful experience for me….and then there is the singing such as it is.
I also sense another task for this group and for groups like ours around the world. I think we are sheltering and nurturing the DNA of the church to come. I firmly believe that within my lifetime there will be a major collapse of the institutional Catholic Church, at least within the Roman rite. I think the many groups like ours who seem to be holding on to a strong vision of what church should be, will be the seedbeds from which a new church will arise. It seems an amazing thing to me to be witnessing a real form of evolution and I think that is what is occurring within our group.
I hope to live long enough to see what kind of plant blooms from these seedbeds of faith. I hope and pray that it will be a much different vine that grows, one more along the lines of what Jesus had in mind when he said “I am the vine and your are the branches.” I also look back at the very early church and wonder if what we are experiencing today feels very much the same.