The Body of Christ

Risen ChristWhat does it mean to you to be a part of the Body of Christ? In our Scripture reading this morning, we were privileged to listen to the familiar Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians where he talks about the “One Body, Many Parts” that make up this Body of Christ. Part of what makes this Scripture so relate-able is that we often cannot imagine our lives without each of our senses… let alone without hands and limbs. For some of us, impairments and limitations are “the norm,” and we are blessed to not see them as such. Regardless, though, it is easy for us to see how each part of our earthly body has an important role to play in providing for our lives.

It’s been said that “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called!” Saint Paul knew this well, and though he perhaps would not be so keen on singing for a crowd of hundreds, his gift of writing and relating Scriptures to everyday life are admirable. Just as many of you would not want to read as a Lector, or perhaps sing as a Cantor, there are many ways that each of us has an opportunity to contribute to the Body of Christ. Presence and participation in Mass joins us to this Body each time Mass is celebrated! Perhaps you’re one to help with a tithe or offering? Perhaps you give by inviting a friend to Mass, praying for the Prayer Network, teaching your child to give blessing and thanks to God, contributing time to Church events, or writing this article for our website?

Just as each part of our earthly body has an important role in providing for our lives, think about how the Body of Christ has an important role in providing for your life today, as well as how you will contribute your life to the Body of Christ!

Christ Has No Body

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
— St. Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)