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“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup
Sunday, July 12, 2015
COMPLETE ABANDON TO CHRIST AND THE PURPOSE OF OUR EXISTENCE
Pope Benedict XVI
At the beginning of his papacy, by Pope
Benedict XVI’s 2005 homily for the Mass
Imposition of the Pallium and Conferral of The Fisherman’s Ring For the
Beginning Of The Petrine Ministry Of the Bishop Of Rome, His
“There is nothing more beautiful than to be
surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ.” The Pope continued,
“Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not
some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a
thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.”
fundamental truth lies at the heart of human existence. So why do so many
people resist surrendering their lives to Christ? The Pope addressed this too:
“If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to
him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we
not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique,
something that makes life so beautiful?”
We fear change.
We fear losing control of our lives if we surrender to Christ. We fear where He
might take us. We are comfortable with what we know and fear what we do not
know. Like the story of the rich young ruler, Jesus might ask us to give up our
worldly comforts ─ that which gives us security, status or pleasure ─ and
follow Him. The Bible tells us that Christ is the way, the Truth and the Life.
But the way is narrow and Truth demanding.
Bishop Fulton Sheen told us that
many people are afraid to make Truth personal, intimate and incarnate because
they know it may involve a Golgotha. Indeed it may. The
Truth will set you free but not before it breaks your heart.
And yet it is broken hearts that are most pliable and discerning to that
“still small voice” and will of God. Proud hearts refuse to kneel or bend, stone
hearts cannot understand, feel or weep. God
can not use either.
slam shut and bolt the doors of their lives to any possibility of an encounter
with Christ. Many lukewarm believers
would rather leave the door of faith slightly ajar than throw it wide open in
complete abandon to Christ.
But it is only in that state of complete abandon
that the Redeemer reveals the reason for our existence. That is when we
discover a surprising irony: In our spiritual surrender and abandon we discover
liberation and freedom.
it may seem strange that a man confined to an electric wheelchair would write
about liberation and freedom. Stranger
still, I will tell you that it was because of that decrepit physical state that
my spiritual state began to mature.
It was from within the confines of serious disability that a fuller understanding came to me of what liberation and freedom in Christ really means. It took the torments and
humiliations associated with neurological dysfunction to smash my insidious Pride
and illusions of self-sufficiency. It was a sea of tears that eventually turned my stone
heart back to flesh.
a broken heart to understand the critical necessity of pure and undefiled
religion worthy of our interior being. Christianity that is reduced to academic
study is dead. A living Christ awaits entry into human hearts; He does not want
understanding, he wants his love for us to be returned. He wants us to love him with complete abandon
for that is how He loved us. Jesus calls
us to a perfect union of lover and loved. There is nothing more beautiful, for
this is why we were created.
center of human existence lies a desire to love more perfectly and lastingly than
is humanly possible. We are incapable of giving or receiving such perfect love.
And so the desire remains unsatisfied and eventually recedes to a dull and
remote longing. Encountering the living
Christ reawakens the possibility of possessing and giving perfect love. But it
cannot be fully given or received without surrendering to Christ with complete
can be seen through the lens of faith as serving the goal of perfect love by
detaching the sufferer from things of the world that can distract us from seeking
God’s perfect love. It is crucial we not get distracted. Christ’s perfect love
will reveal to us the reason and purpose for our existence. -- Mark
Mark, Pax Christi and thank you!
You feedback is much appreciated, Dr. Reynolds.
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