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One Body, Many Parts

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1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27…

NOTE: On Saturdays, I will now be posting reflections for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass readings.  Sundays will continue to be special topics based on relevant current events, and weekdays will continue to focus on a given book of the Bible (which is currently Ephesians).

On the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, from St. Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians:

As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit. Now the body is not a single part, but many… Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.  -1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27, NAB

In last Sunday’s readings, we heard that we are each given unique spiritual gifts to use in service of the Church.  Building upon that, this week, we learn that we are each called to use those gifts to fulfill our unique purpose within the Church.

St. Paul compared each one of us to individual body parts within the whole body of Christ and His Church, and like those body parts, each one of us serves a unique function or objective.  The eyes serve the body to see, the ears to hear, the legs to walk, and the shoulders to carry the load.  Similarly, our position within the Church serves a specific purpose.

How do we know our purpose within the Church?  Spending time to discern our spiritual gifts first will often lead us to the answer.  Then, once we know what skills and talents we have, we can find ways to apply those to our work in ministry.

Imagine that you are looking for a new job.  During your search, you look for opportunities that match your education, experience, and unique skill set.  In the same way, we can find our particular vocation for serving Christ with those same skills.

If you love to cook, make some cupcakes for the parish bake sale.  If you are a handyman, help with repairs around the parish.  If you are talented with technology, create a website.  If you enjoy writing, start a blog.  If you work as a teacher, become a catechist.  Whatever your skill may be, find a way to apply it in your community.

Within the Church, we are one body with many parts, each called to a specific purpose.  We serve as Christ’s body fulfilling His mission here on Earth – a mission that could not be completed unless everyone gets involved.  Take time in the coming week to find ways that you can be an active, fruitful member of the body of Christ. 

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