Saturday 13th September – Memorial of St John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor
Reflection: 1 Corinthians 10:14-22
WE ARE ONE BODY
Recently, I joined the Legion of Mary, a pious society in the Church. I had hitherto perceived the Legion of Mary as a society with some (sort) of queer people, who simply pray the Rosary and live some sort of sorry life style. By providence, I was invited, and honored the invitation to join. Since I joined, my mind has been opened to some new insights. One of them, being the “Object and Mystery of the Legion”: As an Army and as One Body, in undivided harmony, under the leadership of the Blessed Virgin Mary, under Christ.
This revelation, points me to the heart of our faith, and to what the Church sets before us today for contemplation: namely, the unity of the body of Christ. The Legion teaches of the mystical union of the body of Christ, its interdependence, and both her joint pilgrimage and her battle against the foe. The Army must stay united, undefiled, marching together, led by Mary, under and through Jesus Christ.
This one body however, can be easily defiled and desecrated, and as a result, the army will be set in disarray! The duty of keeping the one body lies in the individuals (you and I) just as much as it lies with the whole body (the Church). The easiest way to defile the body is idolatry – The worship of anything that is not God! This involves, giving anything, a place of precedence or a place of equivalence with God!
On the other hand, to keep the unity of the faith is much simple too. It simply involves the offering of the sacrifice of praise as explained in the Psalm, by the life we live. And above all, obeying the commands of Christ, which will lead us to bear fruits; great fruits for his glory.
PRAYER: Lord, preserve us whom you have redeemed and enrolled in your army from falling; that our lives might be a continual hymn of your praise and glory. Amen
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 130 Are non-Catholic Christians our sisters and brothers also?
All baptized persons belong to the Church of Jesus Christ. That is why also those Christians who find themselves separated from the full communion of the Catholic Church are rightly called Christians and are therefore our sisters and brothers.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.” 1 Corinthians 10:17 RSV-CE
Readings for Today: 1 Corinthians 10: 14-22; Psalm 116: 12-13, 17-18; Luke 6: 43-49