“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
Everybody wants to be a part of something bigger than them. When you think about the pattern of the universe, this has been true of the pattern of creation. Particles forming a community of particles that we now call atoms. Atoms have the properties of the particles that created them and then some new properties. Atoms forming a community of atoms that we now call molecules. Cells have the properties of the atoms that created them and then some new properties. Cells forming a community of cells that we call people. People have the properties of the cells that created them and then some new properties. Obviously, the science is more complex, but at the basic level, each of the smaller components makes up something greater than itself that bears a resemblance to the smaller component but also takes on new life.
The same is true of the body of Christ. It is made up of people like you and me. All of us make up the body of Christ at work in our world. Each of us has a role to play. In a similar way to each of us having a gift for the common good, we all have a role in the Body of Christ. We all have a calling, a task God has given us to further his message in our world. It may be an ordinary task, as ordinary as being an ear or a foot. Or it may be an incredible calling, as big as being a brain or a heart. Whatever our calling, our presence in the Body of Christ is vital to Christ’s work of love, reconciliation, compassion, and inclusion being continued in our world.
There is something that unites us that is bigger than all of us. It is bigger than our nationalities. It is bigger than our languages. It is bigger than our races. It is bigger than the social constructs that separate us. Did you catch what Paul said? He lists off specific social constructs that separated people in his time: “Jews, Greeks, slaves, or free.” We are all a part of something bigger that is at work in our world and that something is Christ. We are Christ’s hands and feet alive in our world. Paul is encouraging the Corinthians and us by saying that we are all in this together. We need each other.
During our Lenten journey, it is easy to become laser-focused on our own personal transformation through repentance and reflection. It is important that we reflect on the ways we have contributed or not contributed to the Body of Christ in our world. How have you contributed to the greater Body of Christ? How can you more fully engage your gifts and callings in the Body of Christ?
Loving God, it is with grateful hearts that we recognize that you have drawn us together into one body to be your hands and feet in our world. We humbly admit that there are times that we would rather be on our own than be uniquely connected to the Body. Help us to awaken to our greater purpose as individuals and as a Body. Amen.