Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say 'because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body' that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say 'Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body' that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
As it is there are many parts yet one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand 'I have no need of you'. Nor again the head to the feet 'I have no need of you'. On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be the weaker are indispensable and on those parts of the body that we think less honourable we bestow the greater honour … If one member suffers, all suffer together, if one member is honoured, all rejoice together