One of the readings in Church this morning came from 1 Corinthians 12:1-31. It included these verses: (13) “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.” (16) “If the ear should 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.” (20) “As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” (27) “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”
The big news of the weekend has been the Blizzard 2016, Snowzilla, Winter Storm Jonas. The internet is full of posts about the storm. Open a major news site and you’ll see photos from space showing thunder snow, a cute video of a panda making snow angels, time lapse video of Times Square filling with snow, and frozen jeans in Minnesota. Most people in the storm’s path are inconvenienced and cold but are trying to make the best of the situation. If you open Facebook, chances are, you’ll see pictures of people shoveling or pictures like this one and stories about people bonding over their shared experience… One Body.
Other people, other members of that One Body, are probably having a different experience this weekend. I took these pictures last year, while I lived in Washington, DC. The people in the pictures live in these parks.
Others like them live in tents and camps in Rockville Park, doorways in Chinatown and on streets in all of the cities in the path of this storm. While there are shelters in most of cities, for reasons most of us don’t know or understand, many people choose not to or are unable to take advantage of the shelters. The adequacy of the shelters is a question for another day. According to the Washington Post, there are an estimated 12,000 people who are homeless in the Washington area. 12,000 members of our One Body for whom this weekend has been more about survival than inconvenience and snow days as temperatures dropped, the wind howled and 2 feet of snow fell on these parks.
Other members of our One Body are workers who staff shelters, soup kitchens and emergency warming stations, public safety workers and snow plow drivers. Each of these members are essential. We would be incomplete without them. And we would be incomplete without those they care for. (12) “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, those many are one body, so it is with Christ.”