The Body of Christ

body of Christ
“We, though many, are one Body in Christ
and individually parts of one another.” {Romans 12,5-16}

St. Paul often uses the term “Body of Christ” to describe the union of Jesus with his followers. Those who follow Jesus are never isolated, self-sufficient individuals, sent off on their own. They’re united with him and with one another, and the gifts each has are to be shared with all.

Paul offers a lists of these gifts in the Letter to the Romans, read today at Mass:

“if prophecy, in proportion to the faith;
if ministry, in ministering;
if one is a teacher, in teaching;
if one exhorts, in exhortation;
if one contributes, in generosity;
if one is over others, with diligence;
if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”

We may see one or other of these gifts in ourselves, but we also need to see them in others too. The danger in our individualistic age is to not recognize our dependence on others and look at someone and think: “I don’t need you,” or “I’m more important than you.” Being in the “Body of Christ” means we need each other.

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  1. John D

    Thanks, Fr. VIctor, for a moving homily. It was a joy to participate in the Mass with you Tuesday morning. And it was great to share a moving discussion on spiritual challenges regarding confession of sins to The Revelation of Jesus Christ to His Servant John. I see gifts in you and my fellow neighbors that also awaken a divine desire to help others cultivate their gifts and to stir up those God-given gifts present in me, as well.

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