This morning’s Meditation received from the Henri J Nouwen Society is entitled “Having Reverence and Respect for the Body.” As I read it, the “gift” nature of what we do as caregivers radiated for me in its words. Enjoy!
In so many ways we use and abuse our bodies. Jesus’ coming to us in the body and his being lifted with his body in the glory of God call us to treat our bodies and the bodies of others with great reverence and respect.
God, through Jesus, has made our bodies sacred places where God has chosen to dwell. Our faith in the resurrection of the body, therefore, calls us to care for our own and one another’s bodies with love. When we bind one another’s wounds and work for the healing of one another’s bodies, we witness to the sacredness of the human body, a body destined for eternal life.