I was ten years old and was fishing in a canal running through a Miami park. I had cast a lead lure too far and it had snagged in the mangrove on the far bank. I jerked the pole so hard the lure came back and struck my closed right eye. The impact caused blindness in that eye for a few hours. Later on, when I was in my forties, I was diagnosed with a cataract in that eye. For years, my left eye had been doing the work for my right eye. It was not a conscious decision for me to let my left eye compensate for my failing right eye. Yet in God’s economy of creation, this was the natural progression of the parts placed in my body.

Our segmented world engenders a self-concept that is tied frivolously to ever-changing status symbols. We define ourselves by identifying with groups we belong to, teams we cheer for, cars we drive, or uniforms we wear. Our identities become driven by material sensibilities. Such worldly comparison is born of the ego’s need to place us either above or below all else. But Paul invites us to turn our attention to the One who touches us in the eternal place of our soul, transcends our bodily senses, and connects us to the Spirit in which we are baptized and given life.

What do the new Christians in Corinth think of Paul’s “body of Christ” idea? Still, after thousands of years, we struggle to grasp its full meaning. Paul’s analogy comparing the church’s body of Christ to our body parts is visionary. When we wholly become one as the body of Christ, our actions meld into one harmonious purpose in perfect alignment with God’s will for humanity. When one member stumbles, others in the body compensate effortlessly. Creation adapts as one in God’s economy.

Lord Jesus, we long to live as one in the harmony of your eternal love. Amen.

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Leccionario Semanal
January 21–27, 2019
Resumen de la Escritura

How do we feel when we read the Word of God? The Israelites rejoice in God’s law. At the time of the restoration of Jerusalem after the return from exile, Ezra reads from the Law and explains its meaning to the people. They respond by holding a feast because understanding God’s teachings is a source of joy. The psalmist says that God’s law revives the soul, causes the heart to rejoice, and helps us to see clearly. Paul continues with his teaching on spiritual gifts, emphasizing that all members of the body of Christ have an important role. No one can claim to be any more important than anyone else. In Luke, Jesus reads from Isaiah and declares that his messianic ministry will focus on justice, mercy, and healing.

Preguntas para la reflexión

Read Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10. When has God’s word overwhelmed you? How did you react?
Read Psalm 19. How do you seek to speak or sing words acceptable to God? How does this shape your life?
Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a. Within the body of Christ, as within our human bodies, parts compensate for one another. How do you take on more to support the body of Christ when others struggle? How do you allow others to take on your roles when you struggle?
Read Luke 4:14-21. In what ways have you rejected Jesus?

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