From The Pastor
There is a story about a young woman who was in great distress because she had lost a sense of God in her life. She complained to her elderly grandmother, “God doesn’t let me feel His presence. If only I could feel Him and know that He has touched me.”
Her grandmother said, “Pray to God, right now. Close your eyes and pray to him. Ask Him to put out his hand and touch you.”
The girl closed her eyes and prayed fervently. Then she felt a hand on her hand. “He touched me. He touched me,” she cried out. Then she said, “You know, his hand felt just like your hand.” “Of course it was my hand,” her grandmother said. “That’s how God works.”
He takes the hand that is nearest and uses that.” As St Teresa of Avila wrote:
“Christ has no body now but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”
So today, be the hand, the face, the joy and forgiveness of God.
– Fr. Joe