Desert Islands discs is one of the longest running radio programmes. Each week it features an interview with a different well known person, interspersed with extracts of music they would want with them in the event of being marooned on a desert island. Always there is the question as to how they think they would cope with isolation. Why? For the vast majority of people prolonged isolation is not something they would choose. There are the occasional hermits and recluses, and there were the rather seemingly strange Desert Fathers of early centuries. But, from creation, God made us to be people who need each other - and that is true for Christians. We need our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are part of God’s gifts of grace to each other.
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body —whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.
If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts
in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to
be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? …
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a
part of it.