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. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. - 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Last week, we saw that Jesus' call to be in ministry with the "least of these" had to do with the fact that they were (like us) children of God. We are all siblings. This week, 1 Corinthians 12 reveals that not only are we siblings—we are members of the same body. Some of us are hands, others feet; some are eyes, or noses. We all have unique gifts and abilities and perspectives to bear in our world. In the readings for this week, you will find examples of many people who have unique gifts and experiences (members on the school board, in public service, as leaders of non-profits, or experts in health care). They are all members of the body with different God-given gifts to share and uniquely participate in what will strike at the root of poverty in South Dallas and Chicuque, Mozambique.
This week you will read the stories of people who want to use their unique gifts to create change. As you continue to fast from your own wants and desires, crave connection this week. Connection to neighbors who you see daily but have yet to develop a relationship; connection to brothers and sisters who you don’t even know yet; connection to Jesus by using your unique gifts to make a difference.
Creative God, you have made us all differently. With all our strengths and weaknesses together, we can reach heights exponentially greater than if we were alone. Help us learn to see differences as blessings, rather than barriers. Amen.