Acquiring the Nature and Substance of Christ

WEDNESDAY: After Epiphany


Acquiring the Nature and Substance of Christ

Divine love facilitates the spread of the Gospel; it sustains the spirit of fraternal love among Christians in the world. It brings the spirit of the kingdom of God to earth. It is the manifestation and activities of the Holy Spirit at work in those who profess Christ as their saviour. If Christ dwells in us, it is obvious that the genuine love of God the Father and Jesus Christ will radiate from our heart, soul, and conscience to facilitate the creation of the new heaven and the new earth God has in mind for us in Christ Jesus.

Divine love is a part of God’s nature and substance. Thus, when God speaks of us as gods (Ps.82:6; Jn.10:34), he is addressing us as those who already possess both his nature and his substance – in fact, we are God’s image and likeness, and in baptism, we put on Christ. The fact that God made us in his image and likeness and recreated us in Christ as his sons and daughters means that God by his divine power has empowered us with all the tools necessary for life, true devotion, to know him, to possess his glory (2Pet.1:3), and be capable of divine love (Jn.15:12).

We live, move, and have our being in Christ. Therefore, Christ is our supreme vine. We are his branches. Together with Christ Jesus, we are capable of divine love, mercy, compassion and solidarity. In other words, God in Christ has already empowered us to stand in solidarity with even the vilest sinner and lead him/her back to God the Father - as it was in the case of St. Stephen and St. Paul. Stephen prayed for his killers, which led to the conversion of Paul. It is only through the spirit of divine love living in us that we can truly become heirs of God and coheirs with Christ. Only genuine divine love keeps us faithful to God, his word, his commandments and to his activities in the world (Jn.14:23; Rev.3:20).

Divine love, perfects the spirit of Christian stewardship in each individual Christian and collectively the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ in the world. The Church in the world, today, is weakening. Why? Individualism is the main culprit. It defies the spirit of divine love and obstructs spirit of Caritas and Filial love in us. Today we are witnesses to ourselves – we no longer have the interests of the kingdom and God working in us (Rom.14:17). However, all is not lost if we respond accordingly to the call of the Gospel by giving Christ Jesus the chance to build our courage to endure the raging sea and bring us safely to shore without violating the spirit of divine love already present in us.

O God, purify my heart and intentions that I may love as you have loved me.

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