From the Word of the Day
If they were all one part, where would the body be? But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I do not need you. Indeed, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are all the more necessary. (1 Corinthians 12: 19-22)
St. Paul enlightens the inhabitants of Corinth of his time and even us today about a truth that is beautiful, precious, and consoling: that of the Mystical Body of Christ. This is the Church in Paul’s teaching; therefore, this is us. From the metaphor of the Mystical Body we are made aware and joyful of the value of our existence as Baptized people.
Yes, Jesus lives today in our midst in a mysterious way. We are not individuals lost in our solitude, but we are united to others, interconnected with other believers. We are the members of Christ’s Living Body. Each one of us is necessary. This is the beauty of it all. Just as every part of the body is necessary to the whole and to the health of the body, so too each of us is important for the life of the Church – the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ.
Even the elderly person who slowly says her Rosary; even the disabled and poor young person; even that widow, everyone is necessary. What’s more, there can be more efficacy for the good of all of us the hidden acts of generosity accomplished in silence by a woman or man who possesses little of what the world considers a good.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall ponder that Jesus is in an act of love that becomes like a concentrated spiritual protein or vitamin for the whole Mystical Body of the Lord, and thus for us as well.
Thank You, Lord! Give me eyes to see this vivifying reality – mysterious and great – Your gift to me and to our life as believers .
The Voice of Carlo Carretto, Little Brother of Jesus
God is terribly preoccupied with your freedom in loving Him. In reality, he fears making of you matrimony of interests.