To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
- I Corinthians 12:7
Paul is plumbing the depths of our not being identical carbon copies. There is a reason why God has distributed variety across the human family and it is for the greater good. While we might call it the “common” good, it draws us to welcome the others who share our workplace, our neighborhood, our church family. They have needs as real as ours and no one of us has all the answers.
Our prayer deepens as we ask God for the grace to make our hearts wider and more open to others.