I think if we are honest with ourselves, every now and then we need to be reminded by St. Paul’s words that we are not made by God to be alone or self-sufficient. In fact, quite the opposite.
At times we can live in an illusion that we have everything under control and don’t need our family, friends, neighbors … or even God. We might even think it’s them who need us. The challenges of life have a way of refreshing the view.
What we crave in our relationships and interior life - love, happiness, peace and meaning - is only found in the humble realization that we need to live in God’s grace and the unity of Christ’s Body every day, both in the giving and the receiving.
Do you want to feel and appear like you’ve got it all together? Most of us do. And members of your family probably do too. Take a moment to think about your family. Is there someone you can lend a hand or word to? Is there someone who unexpectedly supported you in some way that truly made a difference? This is what family is all about.
On this day, as we’ve been united in prayer, let us take a moment to thank God for this life-giving membership in Christ’s Body. We’re all in this together.
For additional reading: Many Parts in One Body, Romans 12:5-16AB.