I can't get the image of the burning Grenfell Tower out of my mind. The extent of the tragedy is still unfolding as families wait to be rehoused and the mortal remains of their loved ones who died are sifted from the ash and debris.
The bereaved relatives are crying out for justice, and the authorities are coming to terms with their own often inadequate response. In the midst of the devastation, however, there has been an emergence of a real sense of community.
I thank God that a community has emerged from the ruins and found its voice. We need to listen to that voice because as Christians we believe that at the heart of community we can discover Christ suffering for us.
Community is often used to describe a group of people who live in a particular area or have a common origin, but in this case people from many diverse backgrounds and social classes have discovered something fundamental which has united them.
The etymology of the word 'community' suggests being one together. In the Church we have a related word, 'Communion', that has the particular meaning of being one together in Christ. As Catholics we need to put that idea of Communion into practice in our daily lives, not just at Mass, by reaching out to others with compassion (or suffering together) and by being companions (or bread sharers) to enrich our local communities.
That is one lesson we can learn from Grenfell Tower.