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The Body of Christ. How many times have I heard that phrase? How many times have I thought about what that really means?

The Body. The Human Body. It’s made up of many parts: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, heart, lungs, arms, legs, etc. Each part working in unison for the betterment of the whole. Every part has a function, and without all the parts functioning as they were designed to function the whole is less than it can be.

Can the body function without some of its parts? Of course. Can I live with one leg? Of course I can. Can I adapt and do virtually everything someone who has two legs can? Yes. But, if given the choice, would I choose to have one leg over two healthy limbs? Of course not.

God understands this. He created the human body. He created each one of us. From the time we were conceived in our mother’s womb, God blessed us each with our own unique gifts. These gifts, freely given, are not without price, however.

Each one of us is part of a larger whole. God intended our lives to be such.

God sees the big picture. He knows what is needed at any given moment. More than two thousand years ago He saw that He needed to send His only begotten son into this world, in the flesh. But God also knew that Christ’s time on earth, in the flesh, was limited. Christ laid the foundation for his followers to go and serve God’s creation.

When we were conceived, God, seeing the needs of His creation, bestowed on each of us those gifts that would benefit His creation. Christ cannot be here, in the flesh, with us. Therefore, we must be the human body of Christ in the world. Just as every cell in the human body has a part to play in the health of the whole person, so too must we, with the help of the Holy Spirit, using our unique gifts, each play a part in the health of the whole of God’s creation.

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God Loves You

God loves me. He loves me like a parent loves his child (except with a more perfect love than any human parent can love), because I am one of God’s children. He loves me unconditionally. He loves me so much he sacrificed His son for me.

How do I show that I love God? It is important for me to do that. From the time I was conceived, God and I have had a relationship, just as from the time I was conceived my human mother, my human father, and I have had a relationship. In all good, loving familial relationships all parties love one another, care for one another, sacrifice for one another, and make one another joyful.

God loves me. He has given me many blessings and has gotten me through the rough times in my life. He sacrificed his only begotten son (the ultimate sacrifice) so that I may be with Him in heaven. Every day He brings joy to my life. I just have to keep my heart open to experience it.

How do I show that I love God?

How do I sacrifice for Him?

How do I care for Him? (“…whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” — Matthew 25:40, New American Bible.)

How can I bring joy to God? (“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” — John 13:34-35, New American Bible.)

These are the questions I have to ask myself each day. The answers will be in the choices that I make that day, in the way I live my life.

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iConfess

I saw this video, iConfess, originally on 4marks.com, the Catholic social networking site, but also found it on YouTube. It’s kinda cool and made me laugh so I thought I’d share it with you, my readers. Enjoy!

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For the past 3 Tuesdays I’ve attended a lecture series at my church called “Five Weeks with St. Paul”. Last night’s lecture was called “St. Paul and the Eucharist.” After the lecture was over, a woman in the audience made a comment that really changed the way I view my attendance at Mass. She described what happens at the Eucharist so very beautifully. I can’t do her description justice. I just wish all of the people who say that Mass does nothing for them could have listened to her accounting of the transubstantiation of the bread and the wine. As she said, whenever we celebrate the Eucharist, we are reliving the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We are participating in this wonderful event. We are there and Christ is right there with us. Just as Jesus was resurrected into a new form 2,000 years ago, each time we celebrate the Eucharist, Jesus again takes on a new form to be here with us, today, 2,000 years later. What a beautiful thing this is! What a beautiful thing God has done for us, His children!

But, in order to participate in this wonderfully beautiful event, we have to be present at Mass. We should not just attend Mass, but we should participate in the Mass. Just as Jesus is with us, so we should be with Him. Listen to the readings, try to understand what God is saying to His people. Sing the hymns, comprehend the words. Pray thoughtfully, not by rote. Listen to the homily. How can we apply God’s word to our everyday lives? And, when the Eucharist is taking place, realize what an awesome thing it is. Jesus is coming to be with us. Shouldn’t we come, fully present (body, mind, and soul) and be with him?

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