THURSDAY: Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Become Christ and Being Christ for Others
The Liturgy of the Word, today reads as a working definition of the Beatitudes and Two Greatest Commandments. Both of which beg the baptised or the Disciples of Christ to assume the whole persona of Christ Jesus (Gal.3:27) and to live completely in Christ as symbols of his love (1Jn.4:16). This means, that Christians must exemplify the attributes of God himself: graciousness, compassion, love, patience, solidarity (Ps.145:8). This argument further enhances how God thinks of us, not just as mere humans but also as gods (Ps.82:6; Jn.10:30). We listen and portray the intrinsic quality of God. In other words, we function as the branches of his divine vine (Jn.15:5). As his branches God bequeaths us with the same divine qualities as himself (Ps.8:5) to reproduce the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:22).
Paul’s thinking is completely in harmony with the teachings of Christ Jesus. The gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are fundamental to both Jesus and Paul in the formation of Christian spirituality and the call to perfection. O obedience to the Commandments and living the Beatitudes are what it takes to become a new creature in Christ (2Cor.5:17). If these two essential aspects of Christ teaching should elude us then the idea of becoming Christ and being Christ for others will evade us also.
The present historical, social, political, economic and religious context betrays the cause of Christianity and Christian spirituality. The intrinsic worth is depleting. Bitterness and vindictiveness, hate and evil are commonplace, today. How will we remedy our present predicament? Christ and Paul helped us diagnosed our present dilemma. They also left us a prognosis. Let us take in a daily dosage of their prognosis. If we do, we will heal this land, live in peace and restore our collective fortune with God and in union with Christ.
Lord, teach us the ways of love. Help us to restore unity in your body and in the world.