Life can now be an unending stream of selfies. We can document each moment and share it through social media. All is good as we invite others into our lives. After all, we are all parts of one body.
“Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ.” (Today’s second reading)
We are the world. We are different parts of one body, we are differently gifted to live in this world. Each has a role to contribute, together we must do so to make the world a better place. This passage is not only about Christians. It is about how all our lives are interlinked, with people we know as well as with strangers, prefer it or not.
“In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.”
The truth here is that what one part does affect all other parts. It will make the whole body sick if one part does something that is not correct. We are consequences of other people’s actions. Consequently, what we do affect others too.
“and that there may not be disagreements inside the body, but that each part may be equally concerned for all the others. If one part is hurt, all parts are hurt with it.”
In daily life we either enjoy or suffer the decisions of people around us. Sometimes they have life changing consequences for example like the loss of a job or a broken relationship. Often it is too complex to address the source of such decisions for often it has come about through a series of consequences. Is it your fault or is it mine?
Technology has gifted us this world of selfies. Spiritually we may be too slow to keep apace with these changes that are affecting all of us. We do not yet know the full consequences of how selfies and social media will impact the whole body, us as people. But there is one basic in this complex equation that has the greatest influence: our ‘self’.
There is a virus in social media. It thrives on self-promotion which leads to self-importance and self-gratification. If we are not careful, it goes into a maze of everything-for-self. With technology’s speed and slowness of spiritual awareness we may find ourselves held captive by the preoccupation of ‘self’.
There comes a time when we heed a certain call for the world to come together as one. Today’s Gospel urge us to live as one body and attend to its weaker parts.
“He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free”.
We cannot start doing so unless we start to free and liberate ourselves from this captivation of ‘self’.
Our mobile phone has now become part of our one body. We must be aware what it can do to our ‘self’
3rd Ordinary Sunday