This post has been tweaked only slightly, as it was originally from a Protestant source. The truth contained in these few short sentences are powerful. We are part of a Holy Community, and outside of it, we are nothing.
With that said, our connections to one another -even without saying a word- are powerful. We mustn’t forget that we are all parts of the same body, and that we must love one another with the understanding that we cannot be truly One without each other.
“A member of the church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the priest decided to visit him.
It was a chilly evening. The priest found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.
Father made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, he took the fire tongs, carefully picked up the rightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.
The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.
Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.The priest glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the priest reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, ‘Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday.”
The world we live in tries so hard to pull us away from one another, we who gain strength from the love and support of our brothers and sisters. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.