Being One Body with Christ

TUESDAY: Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time


Being One Body with Christ

St. Paul tells us, once baptised into Christ, we become one spiritual person with Christ. There are no longer ethnic differences, social nor gender inequalities among us. We become a spiritual person, all together in Christ Jesus (Gal.3:27). In other words, we are dead to sin but alive in Christ (Rom.6:2-4). Our whole deportment, our language, and our sense of justice must reflect we are one with Christ. Alive or dead, we belong to the Lord (Rom.14:8). From that moment onward, we live only to do the will of the Father and feast on it as our essential diet.

The ultimate goal of the baptised person is to consciously desire a share in the perfection of God our Father (Matt.5:48), that we might have a share in his glory with Christ (Rom.8:17). A morally depraved baptised individual is his or her worse enemy. The story of the prodigal son harshly epitomises the consequences of an unspiritual life. The pigsty shall become our dwelling place until we repent.

Christ, however, puts it more glaringly for us who wish to embrace an unspiritual life. The evil spirits will inhabit and desecrate the consecrated temples of the Holy Spirit and reduce to shambles. It will take Christ Jesus and an exorcism to set us free again. Do you or anyone else wish to continue the unspiritual culture as exists today? If not, let us live in one body with Christ. Never negate the gift the Spirit we received in Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.

Lord, help me. Never let me deprive myself of the Holy Spirit.

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