“Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody [or “haughty” per RVS bible].” Romans 12:16
Through Paul’s letter to the Romans, he helps clarify their relationship with one another and God. In chapter 12, he uses the metaphor of parts of the human body. When a finger or a toe is missing, the body does not function as well. Likewise, it is necessary for Christ’s body of chosen people to remain one body in their purpose of growing as a community of faith.
Marty Haugen (b. 1950), a liturgical composer, wrote one of my favorite hymns, “Gather Us In.” A stanza from verse two is taken from the scripture lesson for today: “Gather us in, the rich and the haughty, gather us in, the proud and the strong; Give us a heart, so meek and so lowly, give us the courage to enter the song.”
When I sing this folk-like melody, the words gather me in, and I feel connected with Christ’s body of chosen people.
Dear Lord, help us enter into the song of love for all people. Amen.