Daily Office Readings for Monday of Proper 24 Year 1
“Not all flesh is alike, but there is one flesh for human beings, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.” (1 Corinthians 15:39)
Paul basically separates the animal groups such as Mammals, birds, fish and so forth. He was probably ahead of his time. I like his view that all human beings are of one flesh.
I have felt this way for a long time, since my anthropology class in undergraduate school. Our instructor explained that in his view there is no such thing as race. Further, race he said, is a human construct by which we show difference among humans and where there is difference there are those who may be considered “better” or “worse” than others.
His view, and perhaps Paul’s view, is that since any man or woman among us may have children together, we are one species. God came among us born of Mary as one of us in this human species. Paul will go on to talk about the planting of this body (in death) in order that we will be transformed into a spiritual body but even then we will be of one spiritual type. Paul says, “It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:44).
I believe all humanity needs to have a greater appreciation of who we are and our place in the universe. We have the potential to be the balance of universal peace in all of God’s creation. But it must start with us here on this planet our island home. Then no matter what we may encounter beyond our sphere of existence, be they bird, fish, insect or reptile, we will infect them not with disease or pollutants, but with love and peace. However, all charity starts at home.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+