Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

The community of believers was of one heart and mind,
and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own,
but they had everything in common.
With great power the Apostles bore witness
to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and great favor was accorded them all.
There was no needy person among them,
for those who owned property or houses would sell them,
bring the proceeds of the sale,
and put them at the feet of the Apostles,
and they were distributed to each according to need.
Thus Joseph, also named by the Apostles Barnabas
(which is translated Ason of encouragement"),
a Levite, a Cypriot by birth,
sold a piece of property that he owned,
then brought the money and put it at the feet of the Apostles.   Acts 4:32-37

Luke is not offering a model that we are meant to copy so much as he is painting a picture of what can happen when we allow the Spirit to fill and lead us. In the early church, “one heart and mind” looked like the common life that the believers led. Today, that same interior unity would probably look somewhat dif­ferent, given the differences in our societies and the economic systems at work today. But whatever the details of our life as a church, unity is still key—a unity founded on the willingness to hear from the Holy Spirit. It’s a will­ingness to work together, to honor and respect each other, and to sub­mit our minds and hearts to the Lord and to the teachings of his church. This, more than any specific commu­nal lifestyle, is the heart of the unity that God wants for us.