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Augustine and Community

February 6, 2015

Augustine used a phrase, “Healing the eyes of the heart.” By that he meant that God restores our way of seeing things properly. While God (Jesus Christ) is the healer, who is the mediator? Augustine sees the mediator as the Christian community. The Christian community is critical in reinforcing this healing process through its proclamation (of the Word) and its sacramental ministries. These both teach and live out this corrected way of seeing things.

The point is we as Christians live in a world that sees things improperly. But when we come to our Christian communities, we are being renewed in our thinking (hey, isn’t there a Bible passage somewhere to that effect?). And the more time we spend in those communities, the more renewed we become and the better we are able to counteract the destructive ways the world sees and lives.

I’ll let you figure out why and how this applies to small groups (or is it the other way around?). Cheers!

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