This is the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Paul challenged the Corinthians to quit comparing one person against another; to quit trying to determine who is greater or more important. Rather, he says, all are part of the whole. No one can function without the others. All are equally essential to the Body of Christ.
Roman Catholicism deeply embraces this teaching. Our baptism connects us, makes us one body. We are so intimately united that our Church cannot function without each of us living our role(s). Whether married or single, lay or clergy, we are all called to use our gifts for the benefit of all, of Church.
Our faith is closely tied to community, to our relationship with one another. Just at the Triune God is three persons in one, so too are we millions called to be one Church. Paul tells us we are “in one spirit we were all baptized into one body.” Later in the same passage he writes that “God has placed the parts, each member, of the body into the place he wanted it to be.”
How much this message is needed in today’s world! Imagine our society, and our Roman Catholic Church, if each of us acknowledged who we are – without exaggeration, whether that is of our goodness or our sin. If we each determined our giftedness and then, without prejudice, offered what we have for the good of all. What a witness!