Christ Has No Body
This blessing is credited to Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582. I think it is particularly poignant following Easter as we pray on the risen Christ. Christ has no body but can be seen in the actions of people here on earth.
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.
It is a tall order, but the second commandment tells us to love others. We can show our love by acting as Christ would act.
Joan Alayne Stevens
(reprinted from April 2015)