The Body of Christ

Monday, March 28, 2016

 The Body of Christ
Easter Monday

During World War II,  in Strasbourg, German, a Church was destroyed; but after the bombing, the congregation found that the statue of Christ with outstretched hands was still standing.  However, but both hands of Christ had been sheared off by a falling beam.  The statue had been very precious to them and had been sculpted by a very famous artist.  As they discussed what to do, a sculptor in the town offered to replace the broken hands as a gift to the church.   After considering the offer, the church leaders decided to leave the statue as it was to symbolize that God’s work is being done through his people.  In the Church, we are the “hands of Christ.”  In our ministry to the sick, in our caring for the needs of others, in our service to our families.  If Christ is to reach out to others, he does so through us and we often use our hands to help others. 

The chapel at Presence Resurrection Medical Center was destroyed by fire.  The left hand of the large cross of the crucified Christ was damaged in the fire.   As we re-build the chapel, we are considering to restore the crucifix but keep the hand as damaged as a reminder that it was the chapel that took the brunt of the fire.   This is a 450 bed hospital and in the fire only the chapel was burned.  No patient or employee was injured or had to be transferred elsewhere.  It was a symbol of Jesus, our Savior taking upon himself our destruction, our sadness and our sorrows.  May we continue to serve the sick and suffering by ministering with hearts and hands that are inspired by Him during this Easter Season. 

Today is the feast of St. Hesychius (HESH-us) of Jerusalem, a priest and monk who wrote extensively and who left us with these words about how,  we share in the presence of Christ.

"Keep yourselves free from sin so that every day you may share in the mystic meal; by doing so, our bodies become the body of Christ."
St. Hesychius

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