Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1:3
From the outset, God’s plan was that all who come to Him through Jesus will eventually become like Jesus. Jesus is the Son and the Image of the Father (Heb. 1:3; Col. 1:15). Hence, He declares to His disciples concerning the Father: “From now on you know Him, and have seen Him…He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John14:7, 9) Jesus, in His days as man, was a perfect reflection of His Father. The Father needed not to show Himself, nor speak for Himself. All He ever wanted to show and say to the world, He said through Christ His Son (Heb.1:1-3).
Beloved, today, Jesus is no longer on earth as a man, instead He dwells in the hearts of as many as receive Him into their lives, and through them He makes Himself known to mankind. The good deeds that our Saviour desires to show the world: the kindness, generosity, mercy, love, and indeed all that He displayed before the disciples as the true nature of the Father, is now our responsibility to show. These are now our mandate. Beloved, you are a letter of Christ; not that you are going to be, but you already are. What are men learning about Christ by reading you? I ask myself the same question, and oftentimes, I want to recoil from my own misrepresentation of the Person of Christ. The good news is that it is the job of the Holy Spirit to produce a Christ-like character in you. For this reason, Rick Warren noted that “Christlikeness is not produced by imitation but by inhabitation.” In this way, we do not struggle to be like Christ, rather allow Him live through us. Paul, the Apostle admitted that it was Christ who works through him. Most astonishing was Christ own declaration in John 5:19: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing on His own, He does only what He sees the Father doing.” Even for Christ to be a perfect representative of the Father, He needed the Father to show Him how.
Beloved, today for you to be a correct epistle of Christ, an authentic letter written by Him, you must listen to the Spirit, and make your daily choice of words, actions and even thoughts, by the gentle whisper of His voice in your heart.
MASS: VIOLET Jon 3: 1-10; Ps 51: 3-4. 12-13. 18-19 (R.19b); Accl. Joel 2:12-13; Lk 11: 29-32 PETER DAMIAN, BP, DR
Prayer Points:
1. Forgive me Lord for the times I misrepresented You, in Jesus name.
2. Let’s pray with Thomas a’ Kempis: “My Jesus, I ask of You the grace to know and do all that You have taught me, to gain my salvation. May I imitate Your virtues and profit from Your lessons. This is the grace which I humbly beg of You my dear Saviour. And I hope to obtain it through Your infinite mercy. Amen. Help me to make correct choices daily.”
Exercise: Take the Chaplet of our Lady of Perpetual help in DSD section A.
Meditation: Galatians 2:20.