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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
Homilies/Reflections

We are One Body in Christ
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

1 Cor. 12:12-14.27-31, Lk. 7:11-17. To further emphasis on the theme of unity in diversity, Paul uses the analogy of the body in today's first reading. The body, though one, is made up of many parts; these parts have different functions. For a healthy body, all the parts must function together and contribute to the totality. In the same way, Christians being members of the part must work together to form a formidable body. These functions include: apostles, prophets, teachers taking the lead while the gift of tongue comes last. The gift of tongues was so highly prized among the Corinthians and caused confusion as in our present days.

Today, we also find a number of persons and churches claiming that they possess the Holy Spirit more than the others and so are holier than others because of the gift of tongue. Today, we are called to function unitedly for the growth of the whole body and not to establish our own church. Jesus shows us this example in the resuscitation of the only son of the widow in today's Gospel. After the miracle, everyone was filled with awe and praised God. Instead of using our God-given talents and capacities to bring division, we are called to improve on the existing structures instead of establishing a new one out of pride.

May the Lord take away our pride and help us to use our God-given gifts for the growth of the Church! Amen!! Good morning, peace be with you!!!

 
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