Another Christ

Another Christ

When I kneel in prayer,
I am without the use of my feet
as you, Jesus suffered in the womb.
When I fold my hands in prayer,
I am without the use of my hands
as you, Jesus suffered in the womb.
When I silently pray,
I am without the use of my voice
as you, Jesus, the very Word of God,
remained silent in the womb for nine months.
When I close my eyes to pray,
I am without the use of my sight
as you, Jesus suffered in the womb.

When I kneel in prayer,
I am without the use of my feet
as you, Jesus, endured while nailed to the Cross.
When I fold my hands in prayer,
I am without the use of my hands
as you, Jesus, endured while nailed to the Cross.
When I silently pray,
I am without the use of my voice
while I hear you speak your consoling Last Words of
abandonment, forgiveness, and love.
When I close my eyes to pray,
I am without the use of my sight
as you, Jesus, endured after you uttered, “It is finished,” and
gave up your ghost.

When I kneel in prayer,
I am without the use of my feet
as you, Jesus, endured while nailed to the Cross.
When I fold my hands in prayer,
I am without the use of my hands
as you, Jesus, endured while nailed to the Cross.
When I silently pray,
I am without the use of my voice
while I hear you speak your consoling Last Words of
abandonment, forgiveness, and love.
When I close my eyes to pray,
I am without the use of my sight
as you, Jesus, endured after you uttered, “It is finished,” and
gave up your ghost.

When I kneel in prayer,
I am surrendering my feet to you, Jesus,
in the Eucharist.
When I fold my hands in prayer,
I am surrendering the use of my hands to you, Jesus,
in the Eucharist.
When I silently pray,
I am surrendering the use of my voice to you, Jesus,
in the Eucharist.
When I close my eyes to pray,
I am surrendering the use of my sight to you, Jesus,
in the Eucharist.

Jesus, my body becomes
your tabernacle.
Jesus, my body becomes
your monstrance.
Jesus, my body becomes your body,
purchased at the price of your blood,
and becomes “another Christ.”
© 2011 Patrick A. O’Donnell

Peace of Jesus in the womb of Mary be with you.

© 2019 Patrick A. O’Donnell All Rights Reserved

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