Aparecida 136-137: Configured To The Master

Once we have set ourselves on the journey to follow the Master (129-135) we align our lives to his (136-142):

4.2 CONFIGURED TO THE MASTER

136. Admiration for the person of Jesus, his call and his loving gaze, seek to evoke a conscious and free response from the innermost heart of the disciple, and commitment of the whole person, upon knowing that Christ calls him by name (cf. Jn 10:3). It is a “yes” that radically commits the disciple’s freedom to self-surrender to Jesus Christ, Way, Truth, and Life (cf. Jn 14:6). It is a loving response to the one who first loved the disciple “to the end” (cf. Jn 13:1). The disciple’s response matures in this love of Jesus: “I will follow you wherever you go” (Lk 9:57).

Don’t forget the Master’s response to this vow, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” In configuring our lives to his, we may well find ourselves without clarity in our direction or future. On the other hand, if all we have of surety is our self-deception and human aspirations to something greater, that may not have much life in it:

137. The Holy Spirit, gift to us by the Father, identifies us with Jesus-Way, opening to us the mystery of salvation so that we may be his children and brothers and sisters of one another; he identifies us with Jesus-Truth, teaching us to give up our lies and our own ambitions; and he identifies us with Jesus-Life, enabling us to embrace his plan of love and surrender ourselves so that others “may have life in Him.”

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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