The Victory of Jesus Christ

3 Sep

In February 2012, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia published “A Heart on Fire, Catholic Witness and the Next America.” He spoke of “a global crisis in religious liberty” and said that our own country is “not immune to this trend.”

He said that we make the future, not the other way around. … “Instead of Catholics converting the culture, the culture too often bleached out the apostolic zeal of Catholics while leaving the brand label intact.”

Archbishop Chaput gives us hope: “Nothing in this world is inevitable except the victory of Jesus Christ” – and that includes, he said, the character of our own nation.

The victory of Jesus doesn’t just happen. If we believe we are the Body of Christ, believers who in baptism have been immersed in the divine life of God, believers who died to sin in the waters of grace and rose in the Lord Jesus – if we believe this, then the “victory of Jesus Christ” will be accomplished in Christ and through all of us empowered and emboldened by the Holy Spirit.

What it means to be a disciple

You can intellectually assent to the humanity and divinity of Christ and to his miracles, and still not be a disciple. You can pray every day and never miss Mass and you can be kind to people and still fall short of being a committed disciple.

What does it mean, then, to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?

It means you accept Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life; you seek the power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit; at last, and once and for all, you surrender to God. You become clay in his hands, you let him melt you and mold you. You listen to him in the silence and depth of your heart.

A committed disciple

As a committed disciple, you embrace the Gospel and the authentic teachings of the Church. You live the faith at work, at home, and in down time. You love and revere your spouse. With your spouse and your children you form a place in space and time where Christ’s victory is manifest.

So how do you do this?

  • Ask God to reveal himself to you. Set aside a sacred time for in-depth communion with God – and that’s what prayer really is.
  • Reflect on Sacred Scripture – especially on the readings for the coming Sunday. Discuss them with family and friends.
  • Frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation; open yourself more and more to the great mystery and reality of the Mass – you are there, at the foot of the Cross. You witness in real-time your salvation.
  • Join an authentically Catholic Scripture study group.

If you do this, you will become enfolded in God’s love. He won’t be up there, but in here, in your heart – and in every relationship and facet of your life.

Then together we will manifest the victory of Jesus Christ.

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