Intentionally integrating the elements of the Rosary & SoulCore into our daily lives. In a sense, to become a “living rosary”, bearing witness to personal transformation, virtue, peace, and wholeness.

STEWARDSHIP OF THE BODY

Do you consider your body a miracle? A temple? A sacred gift from God?

1 Cor 6:19-20 reminds us “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.”

Scripture tells us our bodies are indeed a gift from God, temples of the Holy Spirit. Being good stewards of our bodies in a way that honors and glorifies God is our gift back to Him.

Being a good steward of our bodies also equips us to be healthy, holy vessels in order to do the will of God.

We are made in His image. We are the embodiment of His love and power.

Our bodies are “the sacrament of the person, making visible the invisible, the Divine.” (SJPII)

To embody means to be an expression of, or give a tangible or visible form. Our bodies are meant to be a visible form of Jesus Christ. To be:

The feet that move the Message.

The tongue that speaks the Truth.

The arms that hug.

The hands that offer comfort.

The mouth that gives a smile.

Romans 12:1 – “Therefore I urge you brother and sisters in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is your true and proper worship.

As you build your muscles, build your peace,

As you stretch your body, stretch your faith.

As you quicken your pace, quicken your forgiveness.

As you lift heavy, lift up your neighbor.

As you increase your strength, increase your self-control.

As you sprint toward the finish line, sprint toward joy.

As you count reps, count your blessings.

As you increase your lung capacity, increase your love capacity.

“We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” 2 Cor 4:10

Our bodies are meant to be a walking Gospel. Think of Mary Magdalene, the first person to see the risen Lord who used her body to run and tell the others about what she had seen. The apostles, commissioned to carry the Gospel message to the world, used their bodies to make that happen. Christianity wouldn’t exist without them. And it won’t exist without you and your body continuing to share and live out the Gospel. What a magnificent gift we’ve been given!

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”  St. Teresa of Avila

As we begin a new year, and the natural inclination to care for our bodies is increased, we invite you to be intentional with how you’re going to steward your body in the coming year.

Let us pray that we may be healthy and holy vessels to do God’s will and to serve others.

Let us remember to thank God for the gift of our bodies, this miracle, gift and sacred temple He has given us.

We ask for the grace to be good stewards of this gift and be intentional in caring for it with praise and thanksgiving.

May the movements of our heart, mind, body and soul glorify God always.

“Therefore glorify God with your body.” 1 Cor 6:20