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Monday, May 26, 2014

An echo of the life of the Father

Last fall, I went through the Gospel According to St. Mark to see what people said about Jesus. His Father had this to say:
What do Christians say about Jesus? "I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages."

As. Bl. Columba Marmion points out in Christ, The Life of the Soul, when we confess the Christian faith, we are doing what our Father does:
When, then, we accept the testimony of the Eternal Father, when we say to God: "This little child, sleeping in the crib, is your Son; I adore Him and deliver myself up to Him"; "this adolescent laboring in the workshop at Nazareth is your Son; I adore Him"; "this man crucified on Calvary is your Son; I adore Him"; "this fragment of bread is but the appearance under which your Son is hidden; I adore Him"; when we say to Jesus Himself: "You are Christ, the Son of the living God" and we prostrate ourselves before Him; when all our actions accord with this faith and spring from the charity that makes faith perfect -- then the whole of our life becomes an echo of the life of the Father who eternally expresses His Son in one infinite Word; and since this action of God never ceases -- embracing all time, being an eternal present -- we associate ourselves, in that way, with the very life of God.
All my actions do not accord with this faith, so the whole of my life is not an echo of the life of the Father. But some of my actions do, and I can choose, day by day and minute by minute, to strengthen that echo in my life... if, that is, associating myself with the very life of God is something I value.