13 Sep




Mesmerized with Joy

I never get used to the surprises God has in store for me as I pray the Liturgy of the Hours. It happened again just a few minutes ago.

Don’t ask me what sparked the thought. It just came to me in a rush:

          Each of us builds up or tears down the Body of Christ.

Perhaps I’ve become mesmerized with the joy that comes with knowing that I am part of the Body of Christ, that we all together form, with Jesus, his Mystical Body on earth.

After all, what an uplifting thought—and truth!

It is so comfortable to rest in that truth.

But, when I sin, I weaken—or tear down—the Body of Christ. In the state of grace, I am one with my Lord and Savior. I am one with all who, at that moment, are in the state of grace. Or, maybe, since we are all sinners, I remain in a weaker connection with all who believe and are in the state of grace.

How can I build up the Church when I am in sin? How can I, without the light of grace, fully further the mission of Christ?

It is St. Paul who urges us to be “children of God without blemish in the midst of a perverse and crooked generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world” (Phil 2:15).

I want to be such a child of God—along with all who profess to be Christian.








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