Christ Has No Hands but Yours

Somewhere in Europe there is a statue of Jesus whose hands were damaged in the bombing raids of World War II. Instead of repairing the hands of the statue after the war, authorities fixed a plaque on the pedestal just beneath the statue that read; “Christ has no hands but yours.” This inscription reflects a prayer compiled by Saint Theresa of Avila which says:

Christ has no hands but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion in this world.
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.
Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands.
Yours are the feet.
Yours are the eyes.
You are his body.

The implication behind the inscription on the statue and the prayer highlighted above is that you are the conduit through which God can do mighty and amazing works in this world. Your good deed towards another might just be an answer to a prayer that God has chosen o reply through you. Your compassion and love towards others is a reflection of the very essence of God whom religious scriptures define as pure love full of mercy and grace.

Each one of us is endowed with a unique set of skills, gifts and talents that God expects us to use not only for His glory, but for the benefit of others; to teach, heal, and inspire others. The art, the poem, the music, the writing, are all forms of divine expression through us humans to help heal, restore, and inspire others. This is why it is important to find out what your purpose is as well as your gifts or talents and put them to use in the service God and our fellow human beings.

Indeed God has endless ways through which He could reach out to different people at their time of need, but I think it would be an endless blessing if He could do this through you or me. What gifts, skills, or resources do you have that you can put into use to bless others; it might be something as simple as offering your time and helping out at the food bank or something as complex as offering services through application of the skills which you have. So many people have lost hope in life; so many people are languishing in poverty that they can’t even afford basic amenities, so many people suffering from terminal illnesses, so many people undergoing mental and emotional distress, and a host of many other things that requires those of us who are able to help in any way, however small, to reach out and do so. It is what God would love for us to do, for the hands that He has on this earth are yours and mine.

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