Cooperation means individuals or groups working together to achieve something worthwhile. A parish can't exist without good cooperation. Lack of social interactions and poor care for each other and little acts of charity will make a Christian to be a lip service to God and the spiritual life of that faith community is hollow. When individuals or groups combine their efforts working together they will achieve amazing things and what we now enjoy the manmade marvels around the world as the result of cooperation. Faith cooperation is a reciprocal process of sharing God's love and knowledge and that will strengthen the hearts and enrich the minds of the faith community.
Today's Gospel seems to suggest three types of cooperation. They are fully committed, indifferent and ignored. Full cooperation happens when individuals actively invest their times and talents for the community in terms of their skills and profession to achieve goodness for God's people. They are involved in the community in times of challenge and in times of peace.
Sir, you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made. Mat 25,20
The indifference shows little concern for the life of the community. They serve the community in their convenient times and are indifferent in times of difficulty.
You should have deposited my money with the bankers and on my return I would have recovered my capital with interest. V.27
The non- committed show no concern for the life of the community. They belong to the community by name and that is it.
I went off and hid your talent in the ground. Here it is, it was yours, you have it back. V.23
Cooperation is a risky business but the end results are often rewarding. It requires surrender of one's own will and ideas and be led by group's leader. They lived in hope, the hope of achieving something worthwhile from their great efforts and receiving great compliments from their Master.
Well done, good and faithful servants; you have shown you can be faithful in small things, I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master's happiness. V.23
A Christian cannot live happily and comfortable without sharing their lives with others. The basic foundation of a Christian life is to be active in their promises at the Baptism, endowed with the three fold offices: priest, prophet and king and that is to live a life of constant prayers and offer services. They share the Good News by means of doing things, not alone, but with others to enrich their spiritual lives and the lives of others. This mutual support makes life easier, bearable in solidarity with the Passion of Christ. In the family setting co-operation is indispensable. Without co-operation between parent and children family life is independent living, each member is an island at their own home. Co-operation both in time of prayers and in providing services will sustain the joy and peaceful quality of a Christian family. Parishes foster for happy family living is a parish that shows great welcoming and hospitality for others community members. Cooperation would foster better respect and shows more understanding and tolerance toward each others. Without cooperation there is no unity in a community and it is not a community that Christ called to be.
Without cooperation individual life is good for nothing and the life of that person is reduced to a spiritual 'zombie'.