Don’t Eat What You Kill
One of my first jobs in the legal field was with a large law firm where an informal slogan was bandied about among the partners and associates: “Eat what you kill.” The catchphrase meant that each lawyer’s compensation was based on the revenue he or she generated personally. Depending on how successful the attorney was in finding and retaining clients, he or she alone would reap the benefits or suffer accordingly. Unlike other types of partnerships, risk was not shared among lawyers under the “eat what you kill” model, nor were the rewards.
Over the last four weeks at Sunday Masses, we have been reading through Saint Paul’s letter sent to an early Christian community called the Ephesians. Paul writes that he has been made a “steward” of the mystery of God’s plan to bring together both Gentiles and Jews through a common belief in Jesus. Through their unity in Christ, “the dividing wall of enmity” has fallen, Saint Paul writes, and “one new person” has been created “in place of two” (2:14-15).
As a result, we are to “live in a manner worthy” of our calling, “striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace” (4:1-3). Hence, we must “put away the old self,” filled with “deceitful desires” that only serve to divide us, “put on the new self instead,” and grow “to mature manhood” in a “unity of faith and knowledge” (4:13, 22-24).
We are called to be one in the Body of Christ. The diversity of gifts among us are not to be hoarded selfishly. As Christians, we do not “eat what we kill,” but rather try to share generously what has been given to us. In spite of everything that may divide us, we all hold in common “one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (4:5-6).
--Father Roger Gustafson, Pastor
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