Brother all!

While I was looking at the Church, as usual, I needed to spend some time looking at resources, to help me reflect on what the Church really is. Looking at the Church Programs for the Knights of Columbus really helped me see what a diverse a group of men we really have. I am in awe at what has been done before me, and look forward to watching the organization continue to grow and serve our Lord. One thing from the men is clear, they are willing to serve, in so many capacities, to build the Church, the Body of Christ.

Saint Paul, author of many of the New Testament readings, has this to say about the Church in Corinthians:

As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.

Now the body is not a single part, but many.

But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. If they were all one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary, and those parts of the body that we consider less honorable we surround with greater honor, and our less presentable parts are treated with greater propriety, whereas our more presentable parts do not need this.

But God has so constructed the body as to give greater honor to a part that is without it, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another.

If [one] part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues.

Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.

I ask each of you, my brother Knights, to look to the direction of our Holy Father this year: This beautiful year of Mercy. Look at the Spiritual and Corporal works of mercy. Be Christ’s body, be His Church.

Only by your hands, can we Go Make a Difference!

Jeffrey Hoffman
North Carolina State Church Director