For as the body is one, and yet has many members, all the members of that one body, being many, are one body. For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, “Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, “Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the sense of smell? And, if they were all one member, where would be the body?
But, now are they many members, but one body.
And 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.” No! Much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary. And, those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our less respectable parts have greater respect. For our more respectable parts have no need.
The body is arranged together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked honor, so that there should be no schism in the body, and that the members should have the same care one for another.
If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it. If one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.