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1 Corinthians 12:26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.
All too often my miserly heart wants to hoard all the honor. It’s easy to imagine that worth hinges on being recognized. Sometimes, I imagine if one person is getting praise, then there won’t be any left over for me. My writing group is evidence that this is not the case.
You and I both know that there is plenty of suffering to go around. Like it or not, we can share in each other’s suffering and still have plenty of suffering of our own. It may be harder to remember, but the same is true of honor. We can rejoice together because we are all valued and necessary parts of the Body of Christ. In a healthy community, there is no shortage of love.
Today the Church remembers Ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi, First Woman Priest in the Anglican Communion, 1944.