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Thursday, 15 October 2020 07:00

Yours are the eyes, feet and hands

 2020.46.Whose hand shall I hold.main blog image

"Christ has no body now, but yours.

No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.

Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world.

Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good.

Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world."


These words were written by St Teresa of Avila, and on this day when we celebrate her feast, we can turn to them to be inspired in our own journey. We are invited on the rich adventure of life with Jesus, stepping out in faith to bring his presence to the world in tangible ways.

We can explore something more of what this means just by reflecting on hands. What kinds of hands have you held? One wrinkly with age, one that grasps on tight in fear, one that is small and trusting, one that is dirty and grimy, one that gently caresses, one that squeezes tight………. Holding the hand of another communicates your presence and shows that you are willing to be alongside them, no matter what their situation in life may be.

Imagine the loneliness of having a hand that no-one wants to hold. There are people like this in our world. I think it could have been the situation of the man with the withered hand in Mark 3:1-6. Jesus transformed his life by restoring his hand. I imagine this would have brought the man out of isolation and into relationship with others again.

In our world today, there are many people who are yearning to have their hands held – lonely elderly people, busy mothers and fathers finding it hard to cope with daily life, refugees and prisoners, young people suffering from depression, friends, family members, the list goes on….

If we see ourselves as Christ’s hands, eyes and feet on earth, then it is up to us to reach out and hold the hands of isolated people in our midst. Whose hand are you being invited to hold?

Mel Edwards