Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saved Through Him

Moses at once bowed down to the ground in worship.  Then he said, "If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company.  This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own."  Exodus 34:8-9

Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.  2 Corinthians 13:1

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  John 3:16-17

Our piety is expressed by our joining the mission of Christ.  All the ways we offer the sufferings and disappointments of our life in his name bring to realization in our lives the love of the Father in sending his Son to die for us.  All the ways we die to ourselves bring to life through the Sacramental life of the Church the dying of Christ for each and every one of us.  We accept the love of God in our willingness to give our lives for each other.  The “No greater Love” of John 15:13 is the giving of our lives for each other.  We join ourselves to Paul’s saying, “It gives me great joy to fill up what is wanting to the sufferings of Christ’s body, the Church.”

Our study keeps us in touch with Christ’s oneness with all the little people of our world that suffer the slings and arrows of the outrageous fortune of those who are victims of tyranny and injustice.  Matthew 25:40 tell us that what we do for the little ones of our world, we do for Christ.  We also share our needs of others so that Christ may come to us in our need and allow us to be Christ for those who minister to our needs.

We know the life of the Trinity because the Father sent his Son to die for us.  We live the life of Christ when we offer our time, energy and sufferings for those needy around us.  We give voice to the Spirit who cries out to the Father Abba, Abba in our name.   The life of the Trinity is given to us in our baptism when we are given God’s life through our baptism.  We could not know the Trinity if God had not revealed himself to us through the sending of his Son.  The depth of our relationship to Christ allows us to share the divine life through the Spirit.  How we live out the love of Christ gives the Spirit expression.  Our love for each other makes us God’s children and children of God.  Our work is to live the love of Christ for each other.  Thus, the Spirit brings a human expression of God’s life.  Wherever there is love, God is there.  We are the family of God in our Trinitarian life.   All the ‘threenesses’ of life around us allow life itself to be an expression of the mystery of God as Trinity.  We live Trinity by community and we bring God’s love to each other by the oneness life allows us with each other. 

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