You can’t stand still in life. Our lives are in perpetual motion. Sometimes our movements in life are at a frenetic pace and could be measured on the Richter Scale as if an earthquake, and sometimes they are subtle and almost undetectable, like the last ripple after a pebble falls into a still pond on a quiet day and only an intentional self inquiry can detect the gentle movements.
This movement occurs in all aspects of life- in each relationship we form, in friendships, in experience, in education and the acquisition of knowledge, in maturity and growth- nothing seems exempt.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ is subject to the same movements. We either are moving closer to the Cross of Christ or further away, but we never stand still.
St Paul, in Galatians 6, describes what he has learned about the Cross of Christ, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision,
but only a new creation. Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule
and to the Israel of God.
From now on, let no one make troubles for me;
for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit,
brothers and sisters. Amen.”
St Paul’s movement toward Christ went from an antagonist relationship to one of total embrace.
Do you acknowledge that you have a relationship with Christ?
On St. Paul’s scale of “antagonistic” to “total embrace” where do you honestly see your relationship with Christ? What makes you think that?
All relationships have “expressions.” What signs express your relationship with Christ? How is your relationship visible?
How can you move your relationship closer to Christ?