One body

Dearly Beloved,

Grace and Peace to you.

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. — 1 Corinthians 12.27

We are not separate things, but all parts of one living Being. We are no more separate than the fingers on a hand, the notes in a chord, the words in a sentence, the flavors in a gourmet dish, the cells in a body. We are part of one another; we are each other in different ways. There is one body, and we are all it.

We serve the poor because they are us. We love the stranger because in them we know ourselves. We side with the oppressed because they hold our wisdom. We honor those who are different because they complete us. We respect those who horrify us, for they are within us. We bring the Other to our table: it is theirs, for we are theirs. We include them in our compassion, for we include them.

The Christ that is in you is not separate from the Christ in the unclean and lepers and drug addicts and terrorists. Your choosing may be different, but the Spirit is One. You are not the One, but you are in the One.

This is the mystery of the Holy Trinity, that in all there is One. There is One of us, and the oneness, the One, is Holy.

Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

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