Unity through diversity

November 5th, 2013  |  Published in Deacon Andy's Blog

Today’s readings are Rom 12:5-16 and Lk 14:15-24

Unity through diversity

Once again I am enamored with the reading from Romans.  How beautifully this reading sums up the cure to so many of today’s social concerns and issues.  If only we as a society could take this to heart and live by Paul’s words:

“We, though many, are one Body in Christ and individually parts of one another.  Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them”

It is so easy to see the differences in people and to segregate people into different groups.  What we often don’t appreciate is that we are all in this together; we are indeed one in the body of Christ.  Instead of letting the differences in us divide us, let us appreciate the diversity of gifts and talents that God has bestowed on each of us.  We are indeed “parts of one another” and everything we do affects the rest of the body of Christ. How much there is to learn from and appreciate in each and every person.  Think back to a time when someone amazed you.  It probably was because they did something you did not think you were capable of doing. Perhaps it was a special needs person who created an amazing work of art, a person whose prayers seem to have “direct connection” with God and brought results, someone who has endured hardship and wrongs with patience and a smile, a person whose shares their talents with an energy that you just can’t believe anyone could have, a great speaker, a great athlete that seems grounded and grateful to God – the list could on and on.

What can we do make the world a better place?  Heed Paul’s words,

“Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.”

No matter how different that other person is; different skin color, different language, different life style, different ways of worshiping, see God in them, sincerely love them and show them honor.