Tuesday, January 19, 2016
1 Cor. 12:14-19
Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
Written in our flesh
There is no need to look for signs of God’s intention for our lives. It is written deep in our flesh, in our desires, in the gifts and graces that are part of us, so close we may need the help of others to see and know what God is saying to us and through us.
We hear the voice of the Holy One as we listen to our lives and become aware of what we are made for.
We each are a word spoken by God into a particular time and place, a particular family and society, each of us packed with power and possibilities intended to build up not tear down.
It is not only the church that is a body with many parts, each with its own appointed function. The church is an image of the world itself as a body. For the world, too, has many parts intended to function in harmony with other parts that the body, and each part within, may live … and live in generous harmony with all the other parts.
Our call, the call of each blessed thing, each person, is to be that which we are, to be who we are. Holiness is being the word God speaks as we are breathed into existence.
There are those who work with computers or software or who find joy and purpose in accounting or sales work or in any number of things that might deaden me. But if this is where they find joy and purpose, they have discovered their place in the body.
Their joy and sense of purpose reveals they are living in harmony with the word they are, the word of God deep in their being.
What is God saying to and through you; what brings joy in the doing and giving? God is speaking there, breathing the word you are, a gift of grace that builds the whole body that is the world.
Pr. David L. Miller