Really Present – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

Where is Jesus today?  Jesus is where those who believe in him and express that belief in baptism and the Eucharist become one body.  As long as we think about the body of believers as a group of people who share a common faith in Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus remains an inspirational historical figure.  But when we realise that the body Jesus fashions in the Eucharist is his body, we can start to see what real presence is.  Jesus, who is present in the gifts of his Body and Blood, becomes present in the body of believers that is formed by these gifts.  We who receive the Body of Christ become the living Christ.

For further reflection…

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ…” – 2 Corinthians 2: 14, 15a (NIV)