Read: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf. (v. 17 NIV)
Before I moved into my neighborhood, I thought little about disability. People with disabilities weren’t “my thing,” which meant I didn’t feel particularly led to serve people with disabilities. Consequently, I didn’t have to think much about them.
Since living on my street in one of the 16 homes on our city block, I have learned a lot about what it means to be a part of a body—a community. We are all connected. My well-being is not independent from the well-being of anyone else. If a person’s whole body is working but one tooth is infected, the whole body suffers. For the body to flourish, every individual part of it must flourish.
This is particularly true for those who are often considered “the least of these”—folks with disabilities, folks in prison, people experiencing homelessness, refugees. Regardless of whether we consider these issues “our thing,” the fact is that when people are believers in Jesus, they are your brothers and sisters. You are part of the body of Christ, and your flourishing is intertwined with the rest of the body. When people aren’t believers yet, they’re still our neighbors to love. As people seeking to welcome God’s kingdom to earth, it’s imperative for us to see, hear, and welcome one another. Our fullness of life is at stake. —Amy Curran
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for welcoming us and so teaching us to welcome one another. Help us to do our part as members of your body. Help us care for one another well.