Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Mosaic Community

The Mosaic That Shows Us the Face of God
by Henri Nouwen

A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself.

The Mosaics of Montecassino Abbey

Mosaics in Pompeii

Mosaics in Cinque Terre

Mosaics in Ephesus

Mosaics in Barcelona

That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say: "I make God visible." But others who see us together can say: "They make God visible." Community is where humility and glory touch.

Madelin, Mary Hester, and me at Park Guell in Barcelona

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