Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:20

 

We thank the Lord for His mercy and love that has brought us this far. As many of us to whom understanding has been granted of the wonders and salvation on the Cross of Christ, it is important that we know that it doesn’t end there, there is much more ahead to experience and expect. However, it is worthy to note that you are a new creation. For the scripture says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV))

The new creature —man —is the man whose old self-nature is dead; he is the man who has crucified the flesh and its affections and lusts. This is the man who has exchanged his unprofitable self-life for Christ’s resurrected life. It is the man whose passion, desire and focus is to live for God and for Him alone. St. Paul says in our lead scripture today, “I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me…”

The ground on which the new man pleases God is not based on compulsion or fear but rather, it is based on the fact  that Christ now lives in him and controls him. The new creation man does not try to please God nor does he try to be like Christ, he is rather a carrier of Christ who now lives, talks, relates and does all things in Him. He only must submit, allow and yield his members to Him. The mindset of such a man is, I no longer live, its Christ who lives in me.

For any man to gain access to the innumerable benefits of the new creation man, he must come to this point: “it’s no longer I.” This constant consciousness and the externalization of it is the fellowship a man has daily with the Cross. Death took away the old man and made the new man possible. 2 Cor. 4:10-11 says, “Always bearing in the body the dying of the lord Jesus that the life of Jesus might be made manifest in our body… The death of the self-nature must be fresh and always in our daily living and consciousness.

 The carrying about of this testimony in our daily living is what terminates the principle of the self-nature. Although

death has occurred, I need to daily carry the evidence (the

Cross) of this death so as not to forget. This testimony must show in everything I do and say, men must see that it is no longer I but Christ. My former desire and passion will always now give way to His will.

As we prepare for the unfolding of this new day, may we resolve in our heart that it is no longer I but Christ who lives in me!  This is the victory that conquers the world.

MASS: GREEN

Phil 2: 1-4; Ps 131: 1bcde. 2. 3; Accl Jn 8:31b-32; Lk 14: 12-14

Prayer Points:

  1. Thank the Lord for Jesus’ finished work at Calvary.
  2. Take the “Daily Consecration to God” meditatively.
  3. Father of all consolation, I come to You this day an unworthy servant. I acknowledge my sinful nature and humbly ask for the needed grace to live a life pleasing to You.
  4. Take the “Prayer of Trust in Divine Mercy” in Section A.
  5. Dedicate all your members (eyes, tongue, hand etc.) to Him afresh.

Exercise: Share this reflection with someone today.

Memory Verse: John 12:24

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