One Body in Christ

FRIDAY: After Epiphany


One Body in Christ

See what Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist have done to us. They transformed us into copies of Christ and made us shearers in his divine ministry. Through the waters of Baptism, God claimed children of God and granted us share the divine and substance of Christ Jesus. We received the same Holy Spirit as Christ did. The Spirit is our advocate and guide. Through the blood of Christ, we enter into an everlasting covenant with God; we became heirs of God and coheirs with Christ. From henceforth, if we live, we live for the Lord. If we die, we die for the Lord (Rom.14:8). There can be no conscientious disclaiming of faith on our part how intimately intertwined we are into the body of Christ. We are first-born like Christ.

Thus, whatever God asked of Christ through the three witnesses, he also asks of us in turn. Christ, for his part, prayed for the preservation of that oneness between himself and the Father in heaven and all the baptised on earth (Jn.17:21). We are adopted sons and daughters of God through Christ– we are not onlookers looking in from the outside with suspicion. No! We are part of the divine nature and substance of Christ Jesus. We are participants in his passion, death and resurrection. How then can we deny Christ who made us members of his body (Rom.5:12)? Thus if we deny Christ, we are ultimately contradicting our own existence and the reality of our salvation. The miraculous cure of the leper in Luke 5:12-16 testifies bears witness to that truth. Our wholeness and our future rest in the hand of Christ if we have faith in him.

Lord, increase my faith.

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