Posted by: livingscripture | September 16, 2014

Twenty-fourth Tuesday in Ordinary Time Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian

From the Word of the Day

Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.”

 (1 Corinthians 12: 27)    

How should we live this Wordfaceofjesus1a[1]

The Liturgy helps us to live the wealth of the Church that is its Saints.  Cornelius and Cyprian were not only generous pastors of the primitive church, but also witnesses to the faith through their martyrdom.  Now this identity, lived in fullness many centuries ago, does not cease to communicate life even to us who by Grace are members of Christ’s Body.

To re-motivate our life deeply as those who well know the meaning of their Baptism, means being aware that we are living members of a living Body, the very Body of Jesus.  The text says, “individually parts of it”.  This is really consoling!

If my part is to be an engineer, or an artisan, or a farmer, or a housewife, or a pediatrician, or a nurse, or an artist, I have but to live happily whatever I am.  In the power of my Baptism, I am not an ‘island’ but a living member of that living Mystical Body that is the Church.  In it, through God’s Word and the Sacraments, circulates the blood, the life of Christ.  Who could dare say this is of little consequence?

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will relish the fact that I am a part of Jesus’ living Body.

Lord, I am a living member of Your Mystical Body through Grace.  Your divine Life circulates abundantly in me.  Grant that it may radiate around me.

The voice of an anonymous author

I am determined to become what I am with infinite patience.  I know it is worth the effort.  It means to be myself in Christ Jesus, His living member.  What a grace!


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