In the early Church, Christian communities were far-flung and isolated. Yet they remained one Church of God, one Mystical Body, the "holy people of Jesus Christ, who are called to take their place among all the saints everywhere." (1 Cor 1:2) One of the ways the catholicity of the Church was experienced and strengthened was through letter writing. These letters — foremost those of St. Paul, but also of the other Apostles and their helpers now found in the Bible, as well as those of the Church Fathers and the bishops down to the present day — are read by the whole community together. Their writers remind the Christian people that we are all "called to be saints" (Rom 1:7), that we must "bear with one another" (Eph 4:2), "encourage one another and build one another other up" (1 Thess 5:11). "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a gentle Father and the God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our sorrows, so that we can offer others, in their sorrows, the consolation that we have received from God ourselves." (2 Cor 1:3-4) What consolation have you received from God that you can now offer to others? Where are you experiencing the Risen Jesus this Easter, and how would you encourage and confirm your brothers and sisters in faith? Please consider writing an Epistle to the IC Church to be shared on the website. You can send your epistle of between 300 and 750 words as a Word document to Matthew Hall (email@example.com), with the subject line: "IC Epistle Project."
IC Epistle Project
We would like to here on how you are trying to sustain your faith and connect to the Body of Christ while we are physically seperate.