The body is one and has many members, but all the members, many though they are, are one body; and so it is with Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12
When the different parts of a body are working well together, it can accomplish what it sets out to do. When a group of people work well together, they can accomplish what they set out to do. A few day ago I had the experience of working with a group of people who came together for a couple of days and nights who were constantly positive, supportive of one another, and a joy to be with. I experienced, in a sense, a living example of the body that St. Paul writes about in 1 Corinthians.
I was one of 15 members of a team creating a short film for a 48 Hour Film competition.
The goal was to produce a short film from start to finish – writing the script, shooting, editing, and delivery – within 48 hours. Josh Wendt was the driving force behind the production, working with a team of volunteers. Cris Taylor worked with Josh as Producer, helping to gather people and things needed for the production. Some folks helped Josh develop the story and characters for the script he wrote. The morning of our shooting day, 15 people with filmmaking experience ranging from professional work to none gathered to bring the script to reality.
It takes many people to make most films. In addition to the director and producer, we had an assistant director, actors, camera people, makeup, lighting, microphone boom operators, our main video editor, craft services (the all-important morning donut run and pizza lunch pickup), and production assistants.
Throughout the 2 days and long nights, each person did their job to make the film a reality. No one person could have made this film alone. But what stood out to me was how well everyone worked together. The weekend was filled with laughter, professional-level work, jumping in when something needed to be done, sleep deprivation – and through it all, enjoyment in working together.
St. Paul might have considered our team an analogy of the body: many members – feet, hands, ears, etc. – are needed for a body to function. Each has a particular job or function to perform so the body can live. Just as each of us worked together to make our film.
In making a movie, I had a glimpse of the living Body of Christ.
You, then, are the body of Christ. Every one of you is a member of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27