A friend of mine visited recently, and each morning she made us fruit smoothies. My friends who know me well know I don’t like to cook, especially for myself. Cooking for one? There’s not much interest in that for me. So, I love when people visit, ‘cuz it means I’ll probably have some tasty meals to share in good company.
I try to eat fairly well (although pizza of left-over, cold pasta is often a ‘go-to’ meal for me), but I won’t go to the trouble of fixing anything that calls for multiple ingredients. I just don’t have it in me. So this smoothie thing held some interest for me. I’d sit and watch the process of cutting up apples, bananas, nectarines, pineapple, spinach and kale, thinking how lovely all the colors were as my friend plopped them into the blender. After a few minutes of high-pitched whirrrrrr-ing, the separate items were mushed into one (well, sort of — the kale is still a bit omnipresent in its texture, but you get the point).
It reminds me of the recent scripture for this time of year in the Catholic Mass schedule — St. Paul’s message from 1 Corinthians 12: Just as the body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ… or in this case, the smoothie. My point being that although the ingredients are unique in taste, form and texture, they combine for a special purpose and nurturing function.
Christ asks us to do the same as a Church. It’s not the physical building or location that’s important — it’s not about texture or form. It’s about coming together as one under God to fulfill the work that Christ asks of us. When we blend our time, talents and sacred gifts that the Holy Spirit has delivered to each of us we create something unique and pleasing to God. Pretty smooth, huh?