I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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Jesus Christ, the Word of the Father, reveals the life of God to us and invites us to live that same life in our lives. The Word resists our attempts to control or reduce it. The Word was not “made concept” so that we could think about it, but rather, “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”
As man, the Eternal Son shares his life with us: it is one of self-emptying, whether as a baby lying in a feeding trough, or as a foreigner in Egypt, or a carpenter in the slums of Nazareth. Romans 12 invites us not to flee from the fleshiness of the life Jesus calls us to, but rather to offer our very bodies as a living sacrifice to God, so that our minds, too, can discern the will of God, being transformed by the good that God gives us to do in the flesh.
Heavenly Father, when you sent your Son to reveal your divine life to us through the life he lived as a man, he said, “a body you have prepared for me… See, O God, I come to do your will!” (Heb 10:4-7) As Jesus loved his human body and lived the fullness of his divine life through his human life in the flesh, may we, too, love the bodies that you have given us and make of them “temples of the Holy Spirit” through which we glorify your love abiding within us. Call us to accomplish your work through our flesh, for the salvation of all your people. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
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