Continuing on from yesterday’s reflection, I found a reading from Fr. Richard Rohr.  He writes, “The Apostle Paul had a concrete missionary strategy of building living communities able to produce a visible and believable message. Paul, like Jesus, wants to change culture, not just send people away to a far-off heaven later! If Christ’s cosmic message doesn’t take form in a concrete group of people, then, as far as Paul is concerned, it is an unbelievable message. An autonomous Christian is as impossible as an independent arm or leg. Arms and legs exist only as parts. No single one of us is the whole Christ, and ‘the eye cannot say to the hand, I do not need you’  (I Corinthians 12:21). Believers exist as parts of the whole, the Body of Christ. Their very existence is an objective, shared state that Paul calls love or living ‘in Christ.’ When Paul says, ‘without love I am nothing’ (1 Corinthians 13:2), he implies that he is inside of another Being who is Love. Paul sees what we will eventually call the ‘communion of saints as an organism that is very alive, real, and operative in this world… When Paul addresses his letters to ‘the saints,’ he is clearly not speaking of our later idea of canonized saints, but of those who make up his living communities and who are participating in this shared life of love in this world.
Paul does not make heroes of individuals, but it is precisely as members of the Body they ‘shine like stars.’ Paul sees his small communities as an adequate ‘leaven’ by which God will eventually change the whole debauched Roman Empire. Talk about patience and confidence!”

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:2
“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

Reflection Questions:
What does a “living community” look like to you?
What is “your part” in ministry?
As a Christian how are you changing the culture?

Prayer: Holy God, wherever my day takes me and whenever I get surprised, surround me with people who care and help me never to be too busy to shine your light. Amen