In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul says “God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others. If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy.”
Most of us have heard or read that passage many times. It’s a beautiful verse that reminds us that we are all valued equally. It reminds us that we all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Finally, it reminds us that we all have a place in the Kingdom of God.
But what if we also applied that verse to the ways in which we serve our parishes? What roles do we play in our parish communities? Are we using the distinct, precious gifts that God has given us to enrich the lives of our fellow parishioners and the people who our parishes serve?
We all know that singers and organists have talents that are needed in our churches. After all, the joyful, wondrous noise a talented choir – accompanied by an equally talented organist and music director – makes can be moving and uplifting during the Mass. It’s also a magnificent way to praise God. But it’s not just singers and organists that our churches need. Your church needs you to share your talents as well.