Thirty Quotes # 26

Thirty Quotes # 26

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“Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.”

Attributed to Saint Teresa of Avila, here is the whole prayer:

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.

This prayer is so clear it probably doesn’t need much commentary, it’s powerful in itself and the message is startlingly fresh. It does, however, leave a lot of unfinished business and some important questions hanging in the air: How can I use my hands, my feet, my body to be another Christ?  How do my eyes see the world – do they have his compassion? What am I going to do about it? Take a few minutes and look at your hands and your feet, look at your eyes is a mirror– appreciate them. Take a moment and think about what you do with them, think about just having them and what a gift they are. Christ trusts us that’s obvious, he showers us with gifts and he wants us to continue his work, continue being him for others. It is truly awesome but we are not alone, he has promised us his Spirit. He walks with us, he loves in us. But he needs us to say YES!

Sr. Johann Macleod

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