Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
Key verses: (12-13)“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.
Reflection: This portion of the letter to Corinth is a prelude to the familiar love passage in 1 Corinthians 13. When we realize that we belong to Christ and are one body, we begin to discover what it truly means to love as Christ loves. The current pandemic is a great leveler. All of us are having to change our routines and adapt to new circumstances. No one is exempt. We are doing things differently and being tested by these changes. We have been given a wonderful opportunity to be unified in our mission to love by giving our gifts and resources away instead of hoarding them; taking time for each other by staying in touch; and reaching out to those who are on the verge of losing hope because of work or food insecurity.
In today’s text the Apostle Paul reminded the church that they belonged to one another. This was an important message then and it’s an important message now. Each of us has an important part to play. And, all these parts work together for the common good. Because COVID 19 has spread throughout the world affecting the health of people across the globe, we have discovered our common humanity and how connected we are in the global community. We need each other. Our first responders, medical personal, community and national leaders are on the front lines (thank God for them), and we, the body of Christ in the world, have been given the privilege to build up the body of Christ so that we might support the weak and suffering. We have a particular part to play. Working together we will get through this time of anxiety and uncertainty. Pray for our world and for all those who are grieving. Pray that we might discover new ways to share the love of Jesus Christ with those around us so that we might become a beacon of hope in a time of fear and despair.
Prayer: Merciful God, we turn to you for comfort and strength. Open our hearts to your love that we might share your message of hope with others. Help us adapt to the sudden changes in our lives. And, through it all, remind us that we are the body of Christ and we belong to you and each other. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].