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June 12 – Unity in Diversity

Just as each of us has one body with many members—and these members don’t have the same function— so all of us, in union with Christ, form one body. And as members of that one body, we belong to each other. (Romans 12:4-5)

The desert quandong tree, a hardy native of the Australian outback, epitomises the power of diversity and interdependence. As a semi-parasitic plant, it grows near nitrogen-fixing trees and shrubs, deriving nutrients from these hosts via its roots. This adaptation allows the quandong to thrive in the harsh desert, its deep roots drawing nourishment from the arid soil, while its leaves and fruit provide sustenance for a wide array of creatures, from birds and insects to mammals and reptiles.

The quandong is not a solitary entity, but rather an integral part of a complex ecosystem, where each element, from the host plants to the diverse fauna that relies on its fruit, plays a vital role in maintaining balance and resilience. Just as the quandong flourishes by embracing diversity and interdependence, so too can we find strength and resilience in the body of Christ by celebrating our differences and recognising our deep interconnectedness.

Reflection:

1. How can I foster a spirit of openness and curiosity towards those with different experiences and perspectives?

2.How can I contribute to building a community that values and includes everyone, celebrating our diversity?

Prayer:

Creator of all, may I celebrate our differences and work towards a world where all can thrive, connected like the quandong tree in a diverse web of life.

 

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