The other night the reading I came to in The Message//Remix:Solo the reflection instructions following the reading said to hold out my hands in front of me, palms up, and to look at them and imagine that they were Jesus’ hands. It said to consider what could be done with those hands.
In light of full disclosure, the hands pictured in this post are not my hands. It is very difficult to take a picture of one’s own hands! A friend at work and several students acted as my hand model for this and just as my hands are, or may be, Jesus’ hands, so are theirs. Interesting idea isn’t it? No two pairs of hands are the same, and yet they may all belong to Jesus.
When Jesus left us to return to the Father, he left us with a mission. “Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, and Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matt 28:19-20 “…they will place their hands on sick people, and these will get well.” Mark 16:18 “Take care of my sheep.” John 21:16 We are called to feed, to clothe, and to give water to the thirsty in Jesus’ name.
What may these hands do? When I looked at my hands I saw them typing my blog, or sermons, playing the guitar, my clarinet etc., digging in the garden, communicating through reins to a horse, testing my child’s forehead for fever, holding hands, giving a supportive touch on someone’s shoulder. Some people’s hands will do heavy work, some will perform delicate surgery, and some will practice and become adept at releasing the strain in the muscles of others through massage.
The body is made up of many parts and each has its own specialized task, but none is unimportant. Look at your hands now, and ask yourself, “What does God want these hands to be doing?” Then go ahead and do it!