August 26 - September 1 - "Ye Are the Body of Christ"
Christian Bolt (Swiss, born 1972)
Sviluppo umano (2018)
aluminum, 18.5 x 11.1 x 11.4 inches; edition of 7
Used with permission of the artist
Paul wrote to the saints in Corinth, who were experiencing a lack of unity as Christians. He encouraged them to see themselves as part of a larger body of believers. He also wrote about the sacredness of the human body itself. Today, roughly 1,000 miles northwest from Corinth, the artist Christian Bolt lives in an Alpine village in Switzerland. His works evoke the body directly and indirectly. The sculptures, for example, include realistic figures in marble, abstracted shapes, and combinations of both. The artist says, “The possibilities of the visual arts always begin with the material. Driven by Nature, in which we're placed, we try to penetrate and order the material. Through this process, our actions create a form that becomes, if things go well, a living form with a soul. The soul finds its physical manifestation and embodiment.”
Paul explained, [Y]e are the body of Christ, and members in particular" (1 Corinthians 12:27). As you think about the various parts of the body and their roles in the overall function, which body part do you most represent presently and why? Think about another time when the contribution of your gifts represented another body part. How does this fluidity of roles help to contribute to a body that is adaptable to the needs and strengths of each member?
How do you show respect for your body? How does respect for your body show appreciation for your unique gifts in "a more excellent way" (1 Corinthians 12:31)?
Select a piece of music that makes you feel joy. As you listen to the music, use your body to respond to what you hear in a way that reflects that joy. How does dance and movement enrich your expression of emotion?