“We are one body, the body of Christ, and we do not stand alone.” Students in our high schools sing this John Michael Talbot song with energy at school liturgies. It makes audible the unity they strive to live within their school communities.
We ARE the body of Christ–called to connect, support, embrace and love. I thought of this on Martin Luther King Day. How are we Christ’s body? Cardinal Joseph Tobin remarked recently of the Church, “it’s not the Elks or the good old boys club. This is the body of Christ, and this is where his word is proclaimed and the sacraments are celebrated. I wouldn’t let anybody drive me out of that.”
Yet, the body is a suffering one. “The racial divide . . . is creating what I call a ‘Corinthians crisis,’ where one part of the body of Christ—Christians of color—is suffering while the white part of the body of Christ is not feeling their pain,” wrote Jim Wallis (The Heresy of Ideological Religion, Sojourners, February 2018). We do not stand alone. “Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.” wrote Dr. King. Makes me seriously ponder . . . .