FIRST READING Psalm 133
The Blessedness of Unity: A Song of Ascents.
How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down upon the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing,
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the
members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13
For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or
Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
14 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the
foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,”
that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear
would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that
would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were
an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing,
where would the sense of smell be? 18 But as it is, God arranged the
members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a
single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many
members yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no
need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22
On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are
indispensable, 23 and those members of the body that we think less
honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable
members are treated with greater respect, 24 whereas our more
respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body,
giving the greater honor to the inferior member, 25 that there may be no
dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for
one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one
member is honored, all rejoice together with it.