Body of Christ

POETRY: Disciplinary Treatises—(4) The Communion of the Body by Scott Cairns

October 19, 2016

The Christ in his own heart is weaker than the Christ in the word of his brother. (Bonhoeffer) Scattered, petulant, argumentative, the diverse members generally find little, nothing of their own, to offer one another. Like us all, the saved need saving mostly from themselves, and so they make progress, if at all, by dying to what they can, acquiescing to this new pressure, new wind, new breath that would fill them with something better than their own good intentions. Or schemes of community. Or their few articulate innovations in dogma. What the Ghost expects of them is a purer than customary will to speak together, a mere willingness to hear expressed in the fragmentary figures of one another’s speech the mute and palpable [...]

BODY OF CHRIST: Nothing Will Be Wasted by Francis de Sales Wagner

October 18, 2016

From Grace in the Wilderness When they were satisfied, Jesus told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” (John 6:12) We waste an awful lot.  Food, time, energy, water, money.  The list goes on.  Ours is a disposable society.  Everything is important, but nothing matters much. We waste words.  Many speak.  Few say anything.  No wonder so few listen. We waste opportunities.  They fly by every second of our lives.  Every once in a while, we grab one and make the most of it.  Most pass by unnoticed, never to return. We waste knowledge, emotions, actions. We waste joy, sadness, courage, fear, conviction, uncertainty, pleasure, pain. We waste people.  If we’re honest, we’ll admit we [...]