One is his mother. Another is a friend. Still another is a stranger. They are among the seven people who witness Jesus’ death on the cross. Their remarkable, life-altering stories are told here, in Being the Body of Christ: What the People of the Passion Teach us about Jesus Today.
Drawing from Scripture and tradition, Marci Alborghetti creates tender, profoundly personal depictions of each encounter; we feel Mary’s anguish as she holds her son’s cold, tattered body and recalls rocking her newborn; we stand with John at the foot of the cross, somewhere between hope and despair. We feel the Centurion’s bewilderment, Magdalene’s grief, and Nicodemus’ wrenching regret.
“These are the people who can become our guides as we seek to commit ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually to Jesus and his teachings,” says Alborghetti. Each chapter offers questions and topics for personal reflection or group discussion, making this an inspiring and cherished companion for all who seek deeper participation in the Body of Christ.
Marci Alborghetti is a Guideposts writer and the author of fourteen books published over the past decade, including the bestselling Prayer Power: How to Pray When You Think You Can't and The Christmas Glass. Alborghetti and her husband Charlie are active together in Christian service and have founded and facilitated several reading groups; most recently The Saint James Literary Club, a book group started at the Saint James Homeless Shelter in New London, Connecticut.