Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from intern Marin Brown.
In my Catholic grade school there were many constants, including the singing of “We are Many Parts” at school Masses. While that song rendered many a screech from a pubescent seventh-grader, the scripture it’s drawn from always rings true:
For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. (Romans 12:4-5)
As an intern at Unbound this summer, I’ve gotten to explore different avenues that make a business work, and I’ve learned that they can’t exist without each other. This exemplifies what Paul says.
We see this in the family as well. God works through relationships — mother, father, child. Even within himself, being totally Father, Son and Spirit, he shows us the art of relationship, and that these relationships are greater than the sum of their parts.
At Unbound, we believe that together we accomplish things beyond our own narrow needs. In the words of St. John Paul II, “We are not the sum of our parts, rather we are the sum of God’s love for us.” We accomplish more when we lay down our ego, our pride, ourselves for the sake of many, just as Christ laid down his life for us.
Families participating in Unbound do this every day. In mothers groups they work together. Each mother brings her unique perspective, knowledge and ability. Together, the mothers are the hands working day in and day out, lifting their communities up. They humbly accept their role to bring about a better future for themselves, their children and others around them.
As sponsors, we are also a part of this body. Through our letters we give encouragement and support. We share in the lifting of these communities. We humble ourselves. We’re not in charge, which is liberating. By letting ourselves be just a single part, not fighting over which part we are, not dictating our supremacy or subservience, we allow ourselves to be the Body of Christ.
I want to end with my favorite prayer from St. Ignatius of Loyola. Let us remember that sacrificing all to the Lord allows us to accomplish things beyond our wildest imagination.
“Take, Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my whole will, all that I have and all that I possess. You gave it all to me, Lord; I give it all back to you. Do with it as you will, according to your good pleasure. Give me your love and your grace; for with this I have all that I need.” Amen.