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Bodily Presence

“Jesus’ community with his disciples was all-encompassing, extending to all areas of life. The individual’s entire life was lived within this community of the disciples. And this community is a living witness to the bodily humanity of the Son of God. The bodily presence of the Son of God demands bodily commitment to him and with him throughout one’s daily life. With all our bodily living, existence, we belong to him who took on a human body for our sake. In following him, the disciple is inseparably linked to the body of Jesus.”

~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship (DBW4), 232.


  1. Peter Konz wrote:

    Thank you for the quote. It is a wonderful reminder of the truly intimate relationship we have offered to us by Christ. It makes me think of John 15, Jesus telling us to abide in and with him.

    Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
  2. Halden. That is a sweet quote.

    I promise I didn’t copy you (by posting a Bonhoeffer quote from Discipleship just a few pages from yours like 30 minutes after you did).

    I guess I could throw a cliche in here about great minds and all.

    Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Permalink
  3. Halden wrote:

    Copying is what makes blogging blogging.

    Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Permalink
  4. Well I guess I should have caught the “day of Bonhoeffer” before now. I was just catching up on my RSS feeds.

    To actually contribute something to this post, I want to ask a question.
    Is there any significant distinction to make between the connection the community has to Christ (witness) and the connection the individual disciple has (inseparable)?

    Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

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