Thursday, April 17, 2014

Christ Who Lives in Me

Fr. Angelo Mary Geiger has posted his Holy Thursday homily over at Mary Victrix.

This part in particular resonated with me ...

We are not called merely to live like Him or to work for Him. If that is what we are doing, then we have every reason to loose hope, because we would be like branches cut from the vine and replanted next to it. That is not the Christian life.
It is not really true, or at least not precise, to say that if we do our part God will do His part. Protestants wouldn’t like this statement because they generally say that God does everything, and we do nothing. But Catholics shouldn’t like it either, for different reasons. The reality of our incorporation into Christ through the paschal mystery means we do everything, because we are truly free, but only as long as Christ does everything in us, for without Him we can do nothing, as Our Lord tells us in the parable of the vine and the branches (cf. Jn 15:5). Or as St. Paul says in the letter to the Galatians:
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal 2:20).
If all we are doing is working for Christ, and He is not working in and through us, then we are not really working for Christ at all. If we are not inspired by His Spirit in how we live, and in what we say and do—if our actions do not flow from the divine life within us, if they do not conform to His teachings—then no matter how much we imagine ourselves to be His followers, we are rather subject to His fearful words:
He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters (Mat 12:30).

Read the whole homily here.  

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