The other day I clipped a large bouquet of flowers from the garden. Each flower seems more precious than usual since cool fall winds are sweeping through the garden. As I brought the cut flowers into the house, the stem of a beautiful red zinna was damaged. The flower slumped and I felt bad.
I put the flowers in a vase and propped up the red zinnia against the stronger stems of the other flowers. Now, days later, the red zinnia looks beautiful and healthy, nestled in the center of the bouquet. Its stem is held up by straight by the other flowers.
To me today’s reading about the body of Christ, the church, can be summed up in three words, “we are one.” Paul likens the church to a physical body in which each part is important. Each part has its part to play and supports the other parts. We may feel weak, but we are needed. We may be damaged, but we are held up by those who surround us.