We are many parts but we are all one body in Christ. As the disciples, while we all come from separate lives, our faith as Christians is our bonding agent. A strong part our faith that brings us together and sends us forth is that of evangelization.
Just like a machine, each part has its own purpose and job. For the machine to run like it should, every piece needs to work properly. The same goes for our faith community. Each person has his or her own way and call to spread the Word of God. Some through their daily jobs, ministries or in their own vocation of religious, married or single life. We have been given gifts by God to serve Him and each other here on earth.
What are these gifts that you have been given? How do you use them to serve?
We are called spread Christ’s love and mercy in the best ways that we know possible. That is what the disciples were called to do, to go out to preach to nations and tell the good news. This commonality of the call to evangelization for each person is something that binds us together and reminds us that we are not alone. The song by Marty Haugen "We are Many Parts", gives us a moment to reflect and consider that while we all have our own individual gifts and call, we are all connected to one another through love, faith and Jesus Christ.
We are many parts, we are all one body
And the gifts we have we are given to share
May the Spirit of Love make us one in deed
One, the love that we share one, our hope in despair
One, the cross that we bear.
Kim Valdez is a Pastoral Associate at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center in Houston, Texas