Written by Haley Felix, Children & Youth Apprentice

Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ is to look out on a hurting world.
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless now.

Jesus Christ is seen as an extraordinary human who can perform great miracles and do crazy, unheard of things like walk on water. He is so commonly seen as someone we idolize that we forget exactly what he came as: a human being. When Jesus was a child, Mary probably cried like most mothers do as he spoke his first words. He had hands just like ours; he had feet and eyes and hair and ears and teeth just like us.

When Jesus grew up and began his teachings, he didn’t take the superior role. He didn’t act as the elitist, sitting on his throne and keeping his distance from the lesser. He didn’t act as a dictator, thinking he was better and more knowledgeable than those around him. He worked with people, leading by example and teaching them to do as he did. He equipped them, empowered them, and sent them to carry on his work following his death. “Jesus did not intend for his work to be finished in his lifetime; it was only just the beginning. “

We are all God’s seeds, his disciples, containing within the promise and the power to carry out God’s work in the world. Jesus’ work is not finished; it continues on through us and in us.  We are the body of Christ.

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