There is a story in The Dialogues of St. Gregory about a vision St. Benedict had at the end of his life of the world suspended in a single ray of light. “That vision to me is how community all fits together,” Sister Molly says. “It is really very simple when we finally realize it. Community is about the people who are sitting right next to you. It’s not some lofty thing we need to aspire to. It’s honoring the relationships right around us.”
An elderly monk was asked why he chose to live in a community rather than in solitude. Couldn’t he seek God more purposefully, more whole-heartedly if he lived alone as a hermit in a cave? Yes, the old monk responded. He could probably seek God with more single-minded devotion in the solitude of the desert. “But then,” he asked, “whose feet would I wash?”
Your community as a follower of Christ is all around you, at any given moment of your live.