He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Cor 5:15)
God calls us to a new life in Christ, and in him gives us both the image of what we are called to be and the source of our transformation. One with the Lord Jesus in the death of baptism, we are one with him in the new life that begins as we arise from the waters of our rebirth.
This rebirth comes about through a dying to past attitudes and behaviors ― rooted in the flesh, in worldly ways, and in living for self ― that we might live for God and others. The process continues daily, however, as we recognize areas in our lives where we need to enter more deeply into the new life Christ offers us.
St. Peter Julian Eymard had a powerful experience of inner purification during an extended retreat he made in Rome in the spring of 1865, three years before his death. He was a zealous, holy priest, admired widely. But, as he prayed and meditated in the weeks of the retreat, he came to see that his thinking and acting were still at times driven by his own needs and desires. He surrendered these to God in his Gift of Self, seeking only to do the will of God and to glorify Christ in the Eucharist.
Where in your life are you being called to a deeper union with Christ?
Let us pray:
Incline my heart according to your ways, O God; make me your new creation in Christ. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)