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.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.
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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts. [1 Corinthians 13:2]
The 1,500-year-old Dyerville Giant was the world’s third-tallest redwood. Measuring 17 feet in diameter and 360 feet tall, it was the pride of California’s Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Torrential rains felled it in May 1991. The park’s superintendent, Don Hoyle, explained that redwood trees depend on each other for support. He said, “It’s like a domino effect, with their roots intertwined. Redwoods have relatively shallow roots and they don’t have a tap root. Their roots are like a mat and they all help each other to stand up.”
Christ’s body is a lot like redwood trees. We need each other to keep standing. In what way can I help other members of Christ’s body to keep standing?
It is impossible for the Church to remain on its feet if it doesn’t get down on its knees.
Excerpted from Mission, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, help us to avoid the traps that keep us from uniting our gifts with others to serve our brothers and sisters. When we become splintered through criticizing, comparing, and competing, we short-change our gifts and deprive those we serve of our best selves. This day we will be appreciative of our gifts. And as importantly, we will celebrate the talents of others and look for synergistic opportunities to serve you more fully, Lord.
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