Serving as a Disciple

A Way of Being

…true to our baptismal identity that calls us to mutuality and co-responsibility.

Contemplative Process

Our shared Christian discipleship calls us to a reciprocal relationship with each other. We are mutually responsible for enabling and supporting one another in our commitment to growing in our identity and mission as the Body of Christ.
 

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Scripture Passages

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body – Jews or Greek, slaves or free – and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, ”Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less part of the body. 

And if the ear would say “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you”. On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honourable we clothe with greater honour, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. 

But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, that there may be no dissention within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it, if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.

1 Corinthians 12:12-26

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:4-7
 

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love

Ephesians 4:15-16
 

Questions for Reflection

  • When have I experienced a relationship of co-responsibility and mutual commitment?
  • What do I learn from these experiences about our living as disciples of Christ?

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