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1 Corinthians 12:22-25

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Lifting Up Our Brothers and Sisters…

As the body of Christ, we must treat all of our brothers and sisters with respect:

“Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this.  But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another.”  -1 Corinthians 12:22-25, NAB

In the body of Christ, the Church, we may share one faith in the Lord, but we may face completely different journeys.  When we look at our brothers and sisters, we tend to look at those called to positions of honor.  We pray for them, speak of their works, and support them in their calling.  While there is nothing wrong with this, we cannot forget to do the same for those who may be struggling in faith.  In fact, it is our brothers and sisters who are struggling that need our prayers the most.

Struggling with faith does not lessen someone’s importance in the Church.  In fact, many great people have struggled with their faith from time to time.  Despite the great things that she accomplished, it has been said that Blessed Teresa of Calcutta faced a number of struggles, and she often had to overcome questioning her faith.  Saint Peter, the rock that Christ built His church on, denied Christ three times.  A number of other great saints and other members of the Church have faced struggle as well.

If you are struggling with faith, you are not alone.  From time to time, we will all face times of hardship.  When we see others who are struggling, we should not turn our backs on them, but instead, we should lift them up in prayer and help them in their journey.  Remember, most saints are saints because of the hardships and struggles they overcame, not because of their high and lofty position in the Church.  Who knows, when you go to Mass this Sunday, you may sit next to someone facing trials, but you may also be sitting next to a future saint.

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