Daily Office Readings for Thursday, of Proper 22 Year 1
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)
As sure as there is a living and loving God, so too are these words of Paul true. God made us dependent on each other. God works through the spirit world. Imbedded in each of us is the gift of spirit that provides a need for the rest of us. The need or gift may seem unimportant to some but deemed important by God. Gifts of art like music or literature are the communications of the Divine. Gifts of craftsmanship serve as ways to create civilizations and make dwellings for our habitation. Even gifts of athleticism have their purpose in causing us to build up our physical bodies in sport and games for recreation and enjoyment.
We have the manifestation of the Spirit working in us but let us not forget that such manifestation is for our “common” good. We should honor the gifts God has given to others as we also want others to honor our own God-given gifts.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+