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. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
My body has many gifts, but also contains parts which I am less than impressed with – scars, pains, eyes and ears that do not always work. I have learned, and continue to learn, how to love my body. All of my body composes part of who I am, and I would need to re-understand myself and re-learn many things if I lost any part.
Yet how often am I annoyed with or wish some members of Christ’s body weren’t present? Jesus is the perfect member of his body; Jesus makes us all holy in our strengths and weaknesses. Am I willing to love myself in both my strengths and limitations? Can I love others as they are and for who they are?
In prayer, remember a person you struggle to love. Imagine Jesus walking with them in their journey and pray that they may know His love more deeply.
Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found;
Brought here together by Christ’s love, by love are we thus bound.
Forgive we now each other’s faults as we our faults confess;
And let us love each other well in Christian holiness.
Let strife among us be unknown, let all contention cease;
Be God’s the glory that we seek, be ours God’s holy peace.
Let us recall that in our midst dwells God’s begotten Son;
As members of his body joined, we are in Christ made one.
—”Ubi Caritas,” trans. By Omer Westendorf (1916-1967).
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