Teresa of Avila’s “Christ has no body now on earth but yours” is one of my favorite prayers. For me the prayer captures how we are to live our lives and embodies the promises we make at baptism. One of those promises is to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves. The prayer — and our baptismal promises, which may be found on pages 304-305 of The Book of Common Prayer — remind us that our most important ministry takes place in the midst of our daily lives, outside the walls of our church building.

I am a member of and blogger for Episcopalians on Baptismal Mission (EBM), comprised of lay and clergy persons. Founding members Fletcher Lowe and Demi Prentiss co-authored Radical Sending, which challenges the church to re-envision how it equips faithful disciples for ministry in daily life. Through regular blog posts at LivingGodsMission.org, EBM offers encouragement and resources for discovering God at work in everyday life – at the office, at school, at home with family, with friends, and even on the soccer field sidelines. We invite our fellow Christians to see their daily lives as commissioned by their baptism, sent into the world to live as faithful followers of Jesus. In other words, following Jesus goes beyond worship, to walking the talk 24/7.

I invite you to visit our blog posts and sign up at www.livinggodsmission.org to receive them via e-mail – no more than once weekly. And if you have any questions, I’d love to chat with you!

Christ has no body but yours,

No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which He looks compassion on 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.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

— St. Teresa of Ávila (attributed)

Living God’s Mission by Pam Tinsley