June 2018 Oblate Lectio Divina and Discussion
We continued our discussion on Community from the Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 72 using 1 Corinthians 12: 12-30 for Lectio Divina.
Words and phrases that resonated with oblates became the springboard for our discussion—
- seem to be weaker are all the more necessary
- God placed the parts…as he intended
- if one part suffers, all parts suffer with it
- baptized in one body
- there may be no division in the body
- all given to drink of one spirit
- now you are Christ’s body and individually parts of it
- many are one body
- our less presentable parts are treated w/ greater propriety
- eye to hand—I do not need you
- if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy
From the very first book of the Bible, we hear it is not good for us to live alone. One of the Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt not kill” could be understood metaphorically—that when we cut someone out of our community, we are killing that person’s role. There is a loss when we don’t honor each person in the community—we need all the parts.
When we judge that someone (a part) is unimportant and exclude them, we miss part of our body. Consider the marginalized in our society—the elderly, the poor, and the immigrant, among others—who are seen as less honorable or less presentable to the group. With our own perception and judgment, we kill off segments of the population that are the body of Christ.
Each of us has a special place in the body for our own community. But, still, we ask ourselves, in frustration—do I really need others? Do they really need me? But, yes, we are made to live together; no man is an island. We need others to realize our own weaknesses and strengths. For example, each of us in our oblate group has a role. We complement each other with our individual talents—we cannot all be the arm; we need the whole body to work together. Our group grows in relationship when we honor the talents of others and work together. Continue reading “Community: To Be Fashioned and Tried”