The Body (of Christ)
She is the body of Christ on earth – born amidst tribulation, under jealous skies. Cradled in her innocence and guarded for Christ’s purpose. She grows in wisdom and stature with victory on her lips and freedom in her hands. Hers is an unstoppable cause. She embraces the world with dignity, honor and compassion; gives vision to the sightless and life to the dying. – Robert Fergusson
- In the book of Genesis, God creates the human person in God’s own image and likeness, breathing into them the divine breath. With the human body commanding such “goodness”, how do you see (or not see) your body as deserving of honor, exuberance and grace?
- In the Hebrew Scriptures, male and female roles in the community were governed by the laws and codes of Leviticus and Deuteronomy (see Leviticus 12:2, 12:5, Chapters 15, 18; 1 Corinthians 11:8-9; Judges 19:24-25; 1 Timothy 2:11-14; Deuteronomy 22:22).How do you see such roles today? What shapes your ideas of male, female, and transgender or non-binary roles in a community?
- “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.” What patterns of the world do you see as adverse to or conflicting with your transformation/testing of God’s will for you?
- What does the incarnation of God mean to you as an LGBT person or ally? How is your body a “temple of the Holy Spirit?”
- How do you understand the term “Body of Christ?” As an LGBT person or ally how do you choose (or not chose) to be part of the Body of Christ?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church emphasizes three forms of prayer – vocal prayer, meditation, and contemplative prayer. In regards to meditation, the CCC # 2708 says, “Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ.”
The text of Romans 12 reads, “offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” and “be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.”
The meditation, below, gives you a space to be still and know God.