THE WARMTH OF COMMUNITY
Arnost Lustig recalls a cold, rainy day in 1944. He was a Jewish prisoner in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. The teenager was freezing as he walked from one end of the prison camp to the other. The wind ripped through his slender frame. If a German guard saw him shivering, he might transfer him to the group to be executed. But before a soldier spotted him, a group of older Jewish workers, whom he did not know, motioned him over. Lustig stood in the middle of the huddle and the men pressed their bodies against him, sharing their body heat. From that point oh, he said, “I understood human solidarity.”
The church as the body of Christ is supposed to offer human solidarity on behalf of our Lord. Whom are you helping shelter today from the hurts of the world?