01 February 2010

Here is here. Now!

What an amazing moment it must have been that day in the synagogue when Jesus announced, “Today,this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Imagine the stunned looks on people’s faces, their mouths hanging open in disbelief. Many were expecting the messiah to be a mighty king, a fierce leader who would restore the kingdom of Israel. But the boy next door? The one they remember playing with as children?

And yet, who better to proclaim the good news of God’s reign than someone who is intimately familiar with the daily lives of God’s people? The message that Jesus came to proclaim is just that - that God is near at hand, not far away and indifferent to our needs, but in our very midst, healing us, freeing us and loving us.

You and I are a part of God’s people. Through who we are and what we do, we need to show that God is present and at work in the world, even in all of its brokenness. Through our caring and compassion, our listening and loving, we too proclaim the reality of God’s reign. As we celebrate this Eucharist, may we take to heart the challenging words of Teresa of Avila, “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands, no feet but yours.”

- Teresa Whalen Lux, Living with Christ

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