Monday, October 30

body parts

the Church is one body. Paul writes, "We are baptised into one body in a single Spirit" (I Corinthians 12:13). but this one body has many parts. As Paul says, "If they were all the same part, how could it be a body? As it is, the parts are many but the body is one" (I Corinthians 12:19). Not everyone can be everything. Often we expect one member of the body to fullfill a task that belongs to others. But the hand cannot be asked to see nor the eye to hear.
together we are Christ's body, each of us with a part to play in the whole (see I Corinthians 12:27). Let's be grateful for our limited but real part in the body.
by Henri Nouwen

1 comment:

  1. I don't think I've ever thanked God for the limits on my responsibilities to Him, but it's so true. I screw up so much...if God asked even more of me, the catastrophe would be that much greater. The spiritual life isn't quite like a Henry Ford assembly line, but it bears reminding that we are each responsible for a part, not a whole.

    Good stuff, Creth.