From Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation:
THE BODY OF CHRIST
Question of the day:
What would change if we truly valued diversity?
“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact, God has arranged the parts in the body—every one of them—just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body”
(I Cor. 12: 17-20).
Why do we want to deny diversity? Well, the ego is threatened by diversity. The ego wants everything to affirm that it alone is center stage and the only reference point. For some reason, there are individuals who think that “all serious people should be white and American and Catholic and male, and are unsure about anybody outside that circle.” This manner of thought has clearly represented most of our history, with very sad results. What narcissism! What self-centeredness!
Paul is warning us against all of this in his beautiful formulation of the doctrine of the Body of Christ. He gives us a lasting and brilliant metaphor that keeps unity and diversity in ideal balance. We settled for cheap and forced uniformity instead. Superficial uniformity is what we settle for when we have not experienced our radical unity in God.
From The Cosmic Christ (CD #2)