WE ARE THE TERMINALAS: Probably, most of us have at one time or other walked into a bank or an airline office to be told by the staff: ‘sorry, you will have to wait, the computer system is down.’ We can see that the computer terminals are there, some switched on. The screens are lit up; they may even perform some limited functions. However, we know they are quite helpless, because they are connected to the MAINFRAME’. We live in Jesus, by keeping God’s word continually in our mind and making it the guide of our actions; by maintaining a prayer life and we abide in Christ by being united with one another as a community of love. There can be no such thing as a lonely Christian in a loving community. Our love for one another must be real. In a real community the good of one will be the good of all and the pain of one will be the pain of all. “Little children, let us love in deed and in truth and not merely talk about it” (Jn 3:18). Love that is only talk has no
value. We are to be grapes not simply to hang around the vine but fruits from which people can eat and drink. We are called to be the fruit and drink especially of the lonely, the ill, the poor and the needy in our communities. We are meant to be sources of nourishment that revive the spirits, feed the hopes and enliven the bodies of others. Therefore, like the computer terminals, we must be plugged in to Jesus, the mainframe, if we want to be of any use. Fr. Albeen.