As I read today’s epistle, I am always struck by the affirmation of faith of the collective community of the church. Together as brothers and sisters in Christ, we vow and reaffirm this message weekly in our liturgy. The creed, be it Apostles’ or Nicene, states the belief in the “catholic Church,” the universal Church, under God and his Christ. Paul points out in his letter to the Corinthians, with inspired clarity: “By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.” Upon reflection, Paul helps remind us that all parts of the Body of Christ have an integral place and belong together to make the whole of the church function properly. No single part can separate itself and say it is not of import, needed or valued. Paul reminds us, “The eye can not say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet.” Let us all hearken to the lesson in a time of tumult and fractionalizing in the church. Let us all know in our hearts that the natural and man-made disasters that surround our society and nation can only be overcome with the body intact and whole, functioning together as one. Truly, “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”
Shall we all not resolve together, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, to heed this lesson and strive to maintain health and harmony amongst all members of the body? Can we not reflect prayerfully as Paul urged the Corinthians to do and be mindful of our unity and commonality? Will we not work together as one body to help shelter and heal all those in need: “one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and all were made to drink of one Spirit”?
I am prayerfully hoping, with reverence we all remember we are of one body on our journey with Christ.