One in the Spirit with Haiti

By Jonathan Camiolo – 

I have been going to the chiropractor for a long time now.  I don’t go because I have back pain or to fix something.  I go because I have truly come to appreciate and value the work of chiropractic.  It makes so much sense to me.  If I take care of my spine and my nervous system, my whole body will function better.  Every part of my body is connected.  If there is a problem in my foot, hand, back, liver or stomach, it will have an impact on other parts of my body.  Chiropractic serves as an amazing tool in keeping my health and empowering me to do great things with the body God has given me.  By getting realigned through an adjustment, I give myself the best chance to heal and stay strong.

I doubt St. Paul knew anything about chiropractic, but he did know that the body was an incredible gift from God.  He knew that all of the parts of the body have a purpose and God had a reason in every way we are made. St. Paul said, “But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended.”

We call the Church the Body of Christ.  Just like all of the parts of our body have a reason and are connected to the others, all of the people in the church are connected.  We are the hands and feet of Christ here on earth.  What that means is that we are all needed to make the work of Jesus active in the world around us.  God might not physically walk on earth like He did in the person of Jesus, but He sent us the Holy Spirit and has given us the mission of building the kingdom of Heaven, building a civilization of love.

St. Paul also said, “Brothers and sisters: As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.  For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.”  No matter where on earth we live, how much money we have, what family we come from or nationality, Jesus came for each of us and welcomes us into His family, into the Church, into the Body of Christ.

The world has been devastated by sad news very recently.  When we heard the news about the earthquake in Haiti, we all were stunned and saddened.  As we viewed the destruction, suffering, death and tragedy, we seemed to feel the pain and sadness of the people in Haiti.  They are our brothers and sisters in humanity and many in the Church.  They are all are created by God, and He loves them so much.  It was a sad event and continues to be.  We are all connected in the Body of Christ.  We feel the pain when others suffer.

I have witnessed so many amazing relief efforts and initiatives to help the people of Haiti.  They probably are happening in your school, church and town.  Everywhere you look, there is a way to help.  Let’s pray for the people of Haiti.  Let’s get involved in any way that we can.  Let’s look for opportunities to serve others, to care for the poor and the hungry, love the lost and the lonely and bring hope to those that are despairing.  Let’s pray for all those that suffer in the world, and pray that the Body of Christ can respond to those needs and that suffering.  Remember, we are the Body of Christ – we are the hands, heart, eyes, ears and feet of Christ on earth.  Let’s do our part!


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