Word for the day by Christian Education Time
Church : The body of Christ
V 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
Pauline epistles use the phrase Body of Christ to refer to all individuals who heard the good news of salvation, believed in him, and were sealed by the holy baptism, thus receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit. In today’s passage from the Gospel according to Matthew, we see Jesus giving some practical instructions on handling conflicts within the community of believers.
However, looking at today’s conflicts between churches, it is sad to note that the Church nowadays does not look significantly different from the rest of the secular world. It leads some to wonder, “what is the value of the church?” Church is the body of Christ, but when differences emerge, it sometimes lead the people to walk away from faith, and the true meaning of the Kingdom of God is at stake. Churches are growing big, music is good, has exciting programs, but people made in the image of God are being lost in sin, sliding away from holiness to conflict. It is because today's Christians ignore what Jesus taught us in the scriptures.
In Christ, we are united with God and with each other. When the love of God prevails in everyone's heart, they become a part of the flock under the true Shepherd King. Despite differences, we learn to agree and co-operate with each other in love. That gives value to our worship and witness as a Church.
Lord Jesus, make us instruments of love and peace and enable us to be a part of the Body of Christ which is the Church.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“The Body of Christ, broken in the sacred liturgy, can be seen through charity and sharing, in the faces and persons of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters” Pope Francis.
Dr. John K. Thomas, Tabor MTC
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church