SATURDAY: Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Living in the Spirit
In Christian baptism, we literally embrace the challenge to take up the yoke and burden of Christ that we may ultimately find eternal rest in the kingdom of God (Matt.11:29-30). This paradigm shift dares us to conscientiously transition from a legalistic mindset and to grow in meekness and humility like Christ Jesus. Factually, adapting to this lifestyle will test the fiber of our moral being. Yet, this is the only way we can truly reflect the true impact of the Spirit of Christ at work in our life. Where these two significant virtues and values are lacking unlike Christ we set ourselves up to become judge, jury and executioner. We become oblivious of the notion of compassion, love, mercy and solidarity.
Meekness and humility permit us to see the world through the eyes of Christ; they allow us to feel the pain of sufferers through the heart of Christ; they transform us into witnesses of hope for those who sit in the valley of darkness and the gorge of death. We can cultivate these two virtues only if we take cognizance of our own vulnerability. Otherwise, if we fail to take heed of our own sinfulness, recognize we stand always in need of God’s mercy, then we will view the world and the lives of others only through the narrow perspectives of unforgiving lenses.
Christians, like Christ, are instruments of love, not judges. They break away from the unspiritual world to live in the reality of the spiritual world with God and with Christ. This brings us back to the fundamental theological purpose for which God created humankind: to know him, love him, to serve him in this world, and to live with him forever.
Tragedy and calamity are not the metric systems or the yardstick by with we can judge the suitability and worthiness of others in the domain of salvation. Christ death on the Cross-was a real tragedy. Yet Christ was perfect. He was beyond reproach. However, the wickedness of inflexible hearts to the call of conversion nailed Christ to the cross to placate their selfish motives. Tragedies and death are not divine punishments. They are means to an end, which only God can determine.
The former and the latter remind us of the fragility of life and its brevity. Consequently, there is always a need for ongoing repentance. The truth is we must all ready ourselves to stand before the judgment seat of God unafraid. Accordingly, while we are still in the flesh, we must avoid passing judgment on others regardless of the circumstance that might claim their lives (Rom.14:7-12). The Law of Liberty, according to Paul does not guarantees us the prerogative to judge anyone. Therefore, brothers and sisters let us heed the call to conversion and repentance that the day of the Lord by any means, will not be a tragedy or a calamity that will not take us by surprise.
Lord, train my heart that I may live according to the dictates of the Holy Spirit.