Indeed the Body of Christ consists not of one member but of many members.
The doctors cannot say to the retail workers: You are not necessary. For one feeds the body and the other mends it.
Neither can the CEO’s say to the custodians and trash workers: I have no need of you. For one hand must wash the other.
And we are all the body of Christ.
We cannot say to one another: “it’s ok for this part of the body to become sick and die.”
We cannot chop off any part of our body, because every single part is important.
We cannot tell the teachers and childcare workers that we do not pay you well, because your work is not essential for they tend the seeds of life.
We cannot ignore the truck drivers & postal workers, for they are the circulatory system.
The government cannot say to the immigrants, you are not a part of us: for they stitch society together and gather the nourishment that we need and innovate life itself.
The protestors cannot say to the nurses, your work does not matter. And that your needs are less important than my needs.
The members that we pay the least and ignore the most, are the bones of the body.
Those who we honor and decorate the most, are the least use in a crises.
God has arranged the body, blessing it extravagantly. Inspiring us to work together. For if one part of the body suffers, we all suffer together with it.
If one member is healed and this free to live, then rest is healed: and then freed, with them.
We are of one body, my existence is wrapped up in yours. Let us continue to be the body of Christ, I pray.
Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
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