Thought of the day
Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time

"He came and took her by the hand"

As soon as Christ has entered us with his own flesh, we shall be wholly brought to life. It is inconceivable – or, rather, impossible – that life should not give life to those into whom it enters. Just as people put a cover over a burning brand taken from a heap of straw so as to keep the spark of fire going, so our Lord Jesus Christ conceals the life within us with his own flesh and sets, as it were, a seed of immortality there that casts out all the corruption we bear within us.

So it is not just by his word that he brings about the resurrection of the dead. To show that his body gives life, as we said, he touches corpses and gives life with his own body to bodies already in process of decomposition. If the touch of his sacred flesh alone restores life to these dead people, what benefit shall we not find in his life-giving eucharist when we receive it!... It would not be enough if only our souls were to be regenerated into new life by the Spirit. Our solid, earthly body also has to be made holy by its participation in a body that is as solid as our own and of the same origin, and it, too, must thus be called to incorruptibility.