Sunday’s (alternative) Second Reading (1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27):
'Just as a human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
Nor is the body to be identified with any one of its many parts. Now you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part of it.'
Do you ever think of yourself being inextricably linked to Jesus? We often talk about the ability of Jesus to be with us at every moment of the day, wherever we are, whatever we are doing. We often imagine him by our side, walking with us through the trials and tribulations of life. But today’s reading gives us a slightly different perspective on our relationship with Jesus.
Today’s reading tells us that we are actually a part of Jesus. We are one with him. Christ is often described as the head of the Church, and this reading confirms that truth. Jesus is the head of the Church, and always will be. And it is us, the people, who make up that Church. Together, as the people of God, we are one with Christ. It is the most beautiful union between the Creator and the created. It is a link of unconditional pure and perfect love flowing from the one who was prepared to go through the agony of the Cross so that we would turn from sin and recognise and appreciate this powerful bond.
As we start another week perhaps we should consider taking some time out to contemplate this great bond with Jesus, remembering that each time we do wrong we are doing so in his presence. But also remembering that each time we do good we are allowing him to take control. There is a classic saying ‘let go and let God’. Maybe we should bear that in mind as we think about being one with Jesus.
Perhaps it’s time to let Jesus do a bit more in our lives. Make it your goal this week to surrender to him and let him take over. Let him take on your worries, troubles and daily difficulties. What use being part of Jesus if you aren’t prepared to use his perfect heart for love, his awesome mind for wisdom, and his most beautiful face to show how much you care? What benefit is to be gained from receiving Christ in the Eucharist at Mass if we simply ignore the truth and goodness he brings to our very being? You have the power to let Christ shine out of you, for you are one in him and he is one in you. Be the loving Jesus. Be the merciful Jesus. Be the compassionate Jesus. Be the Jesus who led others to the Truth. Be the joyful Jesus! Let it be. Let Christ be.