Christ Has No Body Essay

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I was excited to receive your letter and I am equally thrilled to respond to your request. For thousands of years mankind has conflicted against the power of evil in order to reach a state of harmony with God. The many different views of each religion seem to have compounded the issue of who may be right and who may be wrong. Regardless of our personal beliefs, our goal seems to always remain the same, to be united with Christ in heaven. The poems of St. Teresa of Avila, My Beloved One is Mine and Christ Has No Body, are illustrative of the thoughtful and emotional impact Christ had on the life of St. Teresa of Avila, and also illuminate various catholic beliefs. The goal of the poems is to allow the reader to become closer to God, although as a Lutheran, my interpretation of each poem may perhaps be distinct from your own.
The poems by St. Teresa of Avila are simply extraordinary. St. Teresa seems to bring to life her deep relationship with God. In the poem, My Beloved One Is Mine, she appears to explain how her "lot" was changed because she gave herself to "Love Divine" (“My Beloved One” np). Evidently, St. Teresa experienced a life altering event the moment she gave her life to God. She speaks of God as her Divine love which she has seemingly strived to reach her entire life. She described God as her beloved, or perhaps, betrothed lover as she entered into “the ecstasy of the ‘spiritual marriage’” (Blackwell np). She elucidates, "At last I am surely His," in an attempt to identify with the struggle she had faced to become one with God (“My Beloved One” np). Her description of God as a "sweet Huntsman" is interesting as it signifies a relationship in which both parties are actively engaged and seeking each other. St. Teresa describes herself as being left "prone," or face down, as her Love receives her in His arms. From the moment St. Teresa met God, her life of worldly gratification evidently came to an end. She was no longer held back by her desire to please herself or the world. She now belonged to God, and her primary joy, her purpose for living, was to simply please her Love.
St. Teresa’s poem, Christ Has No Body, differs dramatically from the aforementioned poem, but nonetheless, keeps God, or more precisely Christ, at its core. She describes Christ, not as a ghost or being with otherworldly characteristics but as us, human beings, in representation of him. Although Christ is not physically on this earth with us, we as living beings, created in his image, are his representatives on this earth and must complete the work he has laid out for us in his Holy Word. Through our eyes, he sees the world, not like us, with disgust and anguish, but with the compassion only a loving father could possess. She elucidates that with our feet we walk to do his deeds (“Christ Has No Body” np). And she goes on to explain that with the use of our hands, "he blesses all the world" (“Christ Has No Body” np). In essence, the Holy...

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