In last Sunday’s reading from the Gospel of Mark we found that Jesus caught the disciples in an argument over who is the greatest. He points out to them, they must become like little children. The one who wants to be first, must in fact, be the last and least of all, God’s servant. As the Gospel continues the brother of James, John complains that one person, not of their company is doing good works. Jesus counters that “whoever is not against us is for us.”
At times we want to discriminate that certain parts of the body are more important than other parts, such as the hand, the eye or the foot. Paul suggests in his letter to the Corinthians, that no part of the body is more important than another, all parts of the body are integral to its function, its ability to perform complex tasks, to be an integral whole. Somehow all parts of the body are necessary, one part cannot exist without the other parts. Every part of the body is connected to the other parts, eyes, ears, hands, heart, brain, feet, legs and arms. No single member of the body can presume to get along without the others.
Similarly, each person is given gifts by God, no two people share exactly the same level of gifts and talents, but working together all the gifts can be employed to build up the whole, build up the body of Christ, the church. As you have heard for the past five weeks, we have many opportunities where you can put your gifts and talents to work in the parish, or outside the parish, but we need everyone’s gifts or talents for the whole body to function. I am hoping that every parishioner will put their gifts to use.
On October 6-7, I will ask you to sign up for one or more of the parish ministries. The following weekend October 13-14, I will ask you to increase your Sunday offering, your Sunday contributions, so that we can carry on and perform the mission and ministry of the parish.
Blessings, Father Larry Hendel, Pastor