If I am a true Christian, I don’t view things the same way a non-Christian does. Someone who doesn’t know Jesus views this world as an ending place; Christians see it as a preparation place.

-from Ask The Bible Geek

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The Weakest in the Center – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

The most honored parts of the body are not the head or the hands, which lead and control.  The most important parts are the least presentable parts. That’s the mystery of the Church.  As a people called out of oppression to freedom, we must recognize that it is the weakest among us – the elderly, the small children, the handicapped, the mentally ill, the hungry and sick – who form the real center.  Paul says,  “It is the parts of the body which we consider least dignified, that we surround with the greatest dignity”  (1 Corinthians 12:23).

The Church as the people of God can truly embody the living Christ among us only when the poor remain its most treasured part.  Care for the poor, therefore, is much more than Christian charity.  It is the essence of being the body of Christ.

For further reflection…

“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” – Jeremiah 31: 25 (NIV)

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