Christus Vivit 128: The Wish To Be With Christ

The Holy Father, like any good Jesuit, emphasizes that personal relationship with Jesus. If we believe he is alive and present, and really so, we will find him in the most ordinary and even surprising circumstance. When I read this brief paragraph below, I thought of the question he asked of the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?” And for our everyday experience, I think of my reply, “I want you to be with me.”

128. Every other solution will prove inadequate and temporary. It may be helpful for a time, but once again we will find ourselves exposed and abandoned before the storms of life. With Jesus, on the other hand, our hearts experience a security that is firmly rooted and enduring. Saint Paul says that he wishes to be one with Christ in order “to know him and the power of his resurrection” (Phil 3:10). That power will constantly be revealed in your lives too, for he came to give you life, “and life in abundance” (Jn 10:10).

That citation from Philippians is one of the most important in the New Testament. Check 3:7-14. Remember to check also Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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