Day 8: In the Church's heart
The meaning of our pilgrimage (excerpt from “The Wisdom of the Pilgrim” by Anselm GRUN)
To bear his cross then means to say yes to everything coming on the way and which occurs to me independently from my will.
Bible passage: 1 Co 12, 12-18
If you compare: the body is one but there are several members; and all the members in spite of their numbers are only one body. This is how is the Christ.
This in one unique spirit, that all of us, Jewish or pagans, slaves or free men wa have been baptized to make one body. One spirit have quenched us.
The human body is made of not by one but by several members.
The foot could say: “I am not the hand so I am not part of the body”.However, it is part of the body. The ear could say:“ I am not the eye so I am not part of the body”. It is, however, part of the body. If in the body, the were only the eyes, how could we hear? If there were only the ears wow could we smell the ours. But in the body God set up the different parts as he decided.
We are not Christian only by ourselves. A Christian alone is a Christian in danger. We are part of the same Body called to grow. Saint Michael please be our Church protector so that we will be a sign communion for everyone around.
Prayer intention for us
Let’s ask Saint Michael to love our brothers, our friends, but also to those we have more difficulties to love. Because we are all members of the same body, and my enemy is as loved as me: with a merciful and infinite love.
Say one “Our Father”, one “Hail Mary” and one “Glory Be to the Father”.
Prayer intention for our country
Let’s pray for the Christian unity in our country and the opening of our hearts for our brothers.
Recite one “Our Father”, one “Hail Mary” and one “Glory Be to the Father”.
Saint Michael, who bring our prayers in front of God, defend us against the devil, deliver us from all attacks. Help us to close all possible open doors to the devil in our hearts and our lives.
Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6