Thought of the Day October 28, 2016

By 6:49 PM

“Our faith in Jesus is not our belief that Jesus, the Son of God, lived long ago, performed great miracles, presented wise teachings, died for us on the cross, and rose from the grave. It first of all means that we fully accept the truth that Jesus lives within us and fulfills his divine ministry in and through us. This spiritual knowledge of the Christ living in us is what allows us to affirm fully the mystery of the incarnation, death, and resurrection as historic events. It is the Christ in us who reveals to us the Christ in history.” (Henri Nouwen) The more conscious we are of this divine presence within us, begun in Baptism, restored in Reconciliation and renewed in the Eucharist, the more our faith in him will be alive. The deeper our awareness the stronger we will be to resist temptation, because “in him we move and live and have our being.” The conviction of St. Paul needs to be rooted deeply within us because of this divine presence. “In him I can do things who strengthens me.” “I live now, not I, but Christ lives in me.”

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