11 Feb 2009

Yours Are the Hands of Christ

We are called to bring Christ into the real world.

If Jesus hadn’t "become flesh" we could feel different. He came to this world so we are different.

Often our spirituality seems invisible and mute to a hurting world. Many of us simply internalize faith out of fear, feelings of inadequacy or choice. A faithful response to discipleship's call, however, is both inward and outward.

We have to find ways to apply faith to our daily life and make evident our commitment to Christ. By considering all that Jesus did with his hands as a teacher, a healer, and a compassionate servant, I challenge you to be the hands and feet and love of Christ in the world.

"In our daily existence, we must become something real, tangible, something that pervades all that we are,” "It must become something we do. In our culture, for us to have a meaningful future, we must get serious about a genuine lifestyle that is holy without being elitist, engaged with the world without being jaded or self-righteous, active and busy yet prepared to cope with failure."

Let me quote a poetic meditation written by Teresa of Avila, a Spanish nun who lived in the sixteenth century. The poem begins:

"Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours."

Now let us connect these words with the apostle Paul who wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:
"Now you are the body of Christ."

Let us express our faith through action. Be the hands of Christ today to a hurting world.


  1. "Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours."

    So let's be the body, hands,& feet of Christ on earth...

  2. This reminds me the experience of the Marian sodality in my Infancy when we recited together this prayer.