Our Gospel reading, as convoluted as its writing is, shows us Jesus' plan, God's plan, for all of us. Jesus is setting up his church. We as members of that church, we are one with Christ. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one.....
We use the phrase "We are the Body of Christ in the world" quite often. This is one of the places in Scripture from whence that truth comes. When we talk about God's love for us, Jesus' love for us, our love for each other and for the world we are working to impact and change, when we work at effectuating that kingdom collectively and individually, we are that Body. When we look for and when we find Christ in the eyes of those whom we look at, interact with, we are that Body. When we pray, when we love, when we are affectionate, when we stand up to bullies, when we worship, when we lead new people to that ever-welcoming and loving embrace of Christ, we are that Body.
And being a part of the Body of Christ in the world today also means that we are never alone. Never.
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