St. Paul uses the analogy of the human body to describe the Body of Christ. Each part is important and has a unique role to play in the body. Parts are interdependent. When one member suffers, all suffer. When one rejoices, all rejoice.
This interconnectivity applies to our relationship with nature as well. Over time we’ve come to see how dependent the natural world is on human behavior, and how we can damage or heal our environment, and how what happens environmentally in one part of the world can have a huge effect in other parts of the world, e.g., melting glaciers and warming ocean currents.
In a sense, the Body of Christ is all creation, because the Spirit of Christ is in every aspect of creation. It could not be otherwise. St. Augustine seemed to have this insight back in the fourth century, when he said, “the church consists in the state of communion of the whole world.”
Every time we act to heal our relationships, we are being agents of healing for the Body of Christ, helping the mission for which the Son of God came to earth as one of us. And each time we reach out to perform some healing action for the earth, we are also being life-giving for God’s creation.
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.” (I Corinthians 12:4-6)