“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through 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 on earth but yours.” ― Teresa of Ávila
We are the Body of Christ. We — you and me — WE are the Body of Christ in this world. Whether we are sitting at a boardroom table making decisions or driving our children to pre-school, logging in on another day at work that will probably look just like any other day at work, or enjoying being out with family or friends. Wherever we find ourselves, and with whomever we find ourselves, WE are the living presence of Jesus to those around us.
What a wonderful honor and overwhelmingly daunting commissioning that is! That God would ask feeble, weak-kneed, unreliable, unpredictable, self-absorbed, often ridiculous you and me to be the hands and feet, the living presence of Christ, to the people and the creation around us is unthinkable! It’s unthinkable — and maybe even unimaginable — for us, but it’s not for God.
But why? you may ask. And how? you might wonder.
The sermon title for this last Sunday of our The Faith We Sing series is “The Church as the Body of Christ.” God help us as we try to wrap our minds (and hearts) around what this huge concept and calling means for us.
See you this Sunday in worship!