What is the Purpose of Hands?
How do you use your hands? Some are craftsmen, using their hands to create works of art, literature.Some use them to communicate, for sign language, to do actions for music in dance. For me, it's creativity in writing, playing music, and communicating as I speak. When we think about the use of hands within the mass, they are used to bless, to give one another the sign of peace, and to give the blessed today and blood of Christ when we approach the altar for communion. Loving at the life of Christ, hands were used to bless people, to give a helping hand to the poor, to heal, to carry the cross, and to bear the nails as he died for our sins, to bring redemption to all people. Why do we remember Jesus' life, death and resurrection within each and every mass, including Christmas, when we celebrate Jesus' birth? It all comes back to the mark Jesus left on the world, the mark on his hands, his feet, his side, on the cross. We recall Jesus' life, death and resurrection in the Eucharistic celebration each and every mass, the climax point as we are filled with the Holy Spirit and sent out to deliver the Good News to the world. As you go out to the world, how do you best use your hands to represent God's people?
Today's Gospel states:'Now on the first day of the week Mary Mag'dalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed' (John 20:1-8).
Today we read about Mary Magdalene coming to the tomb, seeing Jesus was not in the tomb. We connect the story of Jesus' death and resurrection with the Christmas story, as it's always to be at the centre, Jesus' sacrifice for us on the cross. We think about how Jesus is born through the grace of God, and builds his ministry to bring the Good News of God's love to all people. He shows the greatest gift of love through taking up the cross, bearing the nails, and dying, rising again on the third day. Jesus shows us the greatest gift of love through his life, and we too are called to take action, to use our hands, our very lives to be missionaries and bring the Good News to all people. Take some time to ask God to help you use your hands to be hard working and dedicated to bringing His love to others by the actions you take.
Today we pray:
Thank You for making me in Your image and likeness. Thank You for helping to show me what it means to love, through Your Son. Help me to be like Christ, and use my hands and heart to do Your will.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.