I am so thankful to Fr. Tom Hopko for sharing his 10 Essential Conditions for coming to know God’s truth and finding life found here. Today we are considering the 10th Essential Condition:
The person must find a community of friends with whom to struggle to know the truth and to find life. The search cannot be done alone. We need each other.
Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
For each one shall bear his own load. Galatians 6:5
And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they partook of food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2
We are made for community on two levels. We are made, individually, to participate in the community that is shared by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We are called to put on Christ and have a seat at that heavenly banquet. It is our call to participate in the Divine Life and become partakers of the Divine Nature. We are also called to be one body with others and be built up into a living temple. There is a unity in unique persons fully united with Christ’s Body. We are called to be one with each other and the Lord.
How do I find a community of friends?
- Join like-minded activities (runners meet other runners when they go on group runs, for example)
- Attend church services and hang out after
- Put forth effort to be a good friend
- Pray that the Lord will provide friends
- Introduce yourself
- Ask to get together
- Bear their burden and do not be a burden
- Listen, be trustworthy, apologize, forgive, do not hold grudges, be yourself, share, help, etc., etc.