12 Christ is just like the human body—a body is a unit and has many parts; and all the parts of the body are one body, even though there are many. 13 We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to drink.
1Corinthians 12: 12-13
Before you read the Bible today, I invite you to sit very still in a chair. Your body is balanced, your muscles relaxed. Beginning with the top of your head, be aware of your whole body as your mind moves down your body to the soles of your feet. Though your eyes are closed, turn your attention to your eyes and then your ears, then to your hands resting on your lap, to your feet, resting for a moment from the job of moving your body from one place to another. Now sense your whole body, feeling its weight and how each part of your body makes up who you are.
Who you are is more than just yourself. You are part of a “self” that is greater and more wonderful: Jesus alive in his risen body. Like waves that widen when you drop a stone in a lake, think bigger and wider about who you are to include how you are one with Christ. Now you’re ready to hear what St. Paul says about all this.
Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…
Many gifts, but one Spirit v. 4
Welcoming Your gifts to me v. 4ff
All drinking of one Spirit v. 13
We are the body of Christ v. 27
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