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Christ Has No Body But Yours…

Take a look at the picture above. Those of us who are Catholic recognize this as the Holy Eucharist. We believe that this is the actual Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Pretty amazing isn’t it?

Have you ever noticed that there are no hands, feet or eyes on the Eucharist? Even though it is truly the Body of The Lord, He doesn’t communicate with the world in the traditional way. How does He speak to us today? How about His sacred hands which healed the sick with a simple touch? How does He touch us today? What about His feet or His eyes?

St. Paul teaches that all baptized Christians make up the mystical Body of Christ. It is our hands that perform His work when we help the poor, care for our families or work at our jobs. It is our lips that proclaim His message when we offer kind words to each other or quote from The Bible. Christ uses our eyes to see the needs of our brothers and sisters. He uses our feet to walk upon the earth and carry on His mission.

St. Teresa of Avila composed a poem which addressed this topic. It’s a neat concept and makes me feel honored that The Lord would use my simple body to carry on His work. It also makes me realize how many times I fall short. Try to keep these words in mind as you go about your daily routine and remember that as a member of His Body, you are carrying out the work of Christ by your actions.

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.

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