The Melanesian Martyrs' Memorial Church of St Andrews

Pentecost 12c, 2019

The great Spanish saint, Teresa of Avila, neither an “easy” saint or an “easy” Christian, had this to say about the role of the people of God in the world—and let it be our prayer, too:

You Are Christ’s Hands

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which is to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world.
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless
men now.

In other words, the responsibility for our redemption and that of our sisters and brothers in the world is ours, We are charged with taking up the meaning of our faith and carrying it beyond where we are to where we might be. Ours is not to be a passive role but an active one, and we are to take stock of ourselves, in Pentecost and beyond, in order to move forward. Our role as believing Christians is to carry our faith forward and to meet the future with open eyes and hearts. Yes, we will receive help and support in our journey, but we are the ones who must take the first and, perhaps painful steps, because that is the essence of what our faith requires us to do.  Pentecost 12c 19