Faith is often only thought of as a commodity, something that we have, or something transcendent, beyond the normal or physical realm. While Jesus does talk about having or not having faith and there are intellectual and spiritual aspects of faith, faith is also something which is embodied. Faith is smelled, touched, tasted, heard and seen. Faith is not evident only in what we say or what we believe but how we act on those beliefs.
After Jesus' death and resurrection he meets the disciples and invites them to touch him, see him and listen to him. In many occasions he shares a meal with them. The first letter of John reminds people that the Gospel is not just something heard, but seen and grasped. The Good News comes to us in many ways: we see it in the faces of those who gather for worship and at the food pantry, we taste it in the communion bread and fellowship pastry, we smell it in fine perfumes and the sweat of hard work, we hear it in the voices of children and the whispers of the elderly, and we touch it in one another's hands.
How have you experienced your embodied faith? How will you share that faith with others?