Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.
I love this phrase from our second reading to the Philippians today. It offers beautiful food for reflection. It makes me think of so many of the beautiful souls who have “magnified Christ”, from saints to those beautiful people I have had the great blessing to encounter along the way:
St. Theresa of Calcutta who despite her withered body and mangled feet who magnified Christ through her tireless devotion to the poorest of the poor and the forgotten.
The beautiful woman I used to visit and bring communion to many years ago. She could not leave her modest home because of health, but next to her chair on the shelf she had a little shrine that she had put together and explained to me how she offered her sufferings for those who needed prayer and that she used those holy images as a reminder of God’s presence.
And who can forget our Blessed Mother in her Magnificat as she proclaimed, “my soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior!”
Our calling in life and in death is to magnify the Lord in our lives. In human weakness we can often fail to magnify Him as we should. Anger, hatred, fear, weakness, sinfulness can all cloud this image of Christ that we are called to magnify. We must learn to let these things go, for they only bring suffering and pain to ourselves and those around us. How then do we magnify Christ? St. Paul reveals the answer in its simplicity at the end of the second reading, “Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Through God’s grace, may we do so!