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Think about some of the people today who are brought to Christ through the help of others, where would one start? Start perhaps at the line that flows from the Eucharist at Mass, they are the people that receive Christ and carry Him out that Church. They bring Christ to those infirm, or hungry, or struggling, or lost. They do so through obedience to that message He preached. Sometimes the path by which they deliver Jesus to others might not always be noticeable because they are not dressed in religious garments, or administering Christ through a religious institution; but they carry Him to those in need just the same.

“They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.”

They are the missionaries who deliver Christian relief to those in need, and they are those who share what little they have because they learned to live as Christians. Both those that hand out a loaf of bread, and those that share their allotted bread with others. They bring Christ to others as counselors, and by lending their time and ear and shoulder to a neighbor in need. Simply because they heard His message and followed him. One through an institution and a vocation, the other through a conviction. Those who hear His message find a way to bring Him to others, no matter the circumstances, and no matter their profession, or state in life.Those living their faith will find ways to bring Christ’s healing to those in need through some ingenious, and often unnoticeable ways. Sometimes when receiving that Eucharist one must pause to think. Yes it is received for my benefit, to give me strength and healing. It also is given to me so that I might deliver it to another perhaps unable to reach for it themselves. Its not always about the priest delivering Christ in a church. Sometimes its about the merchant, and the mechanic, or the industrialist and artists doing the same in their own way. Ordinary people in ordinary lives, bringing Christ to others.

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