Christ Within Us

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As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, do we contemplate Jesus Christ being formed within each of us? Perhaps we think we are not worthy because we are sinners. Remember, as the angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Nothing will be impossible for God” [Luke 1:37].

Yes, we are sinners, but the saints in Heaven were once sinners. However, they answered God’s calling so that the Word could become alive in each of them. The same holds true for us if we allow it; if we say yes to God’s will. Do we allow it or does something stop us from having Christ form within us? Are we afraid of the responsibility?

Let us not forget that Mary was a teenage girl when she accepted the greatest responsibility a human being could face—to be Mother of God. Mary took on this responsibility with all humility. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word,” Mary said to the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation [Luke 1:38].

Be Made Worthy

Truly, the Blessed Virgin Mary is our perfect role model. From the moment of her conception, Mary was preserved from all sin and Mary remained sinless throughout her entire life with God’s grace. Because God chose Mary to be the Mother of Jesus, He made her worthy of that role. Mary’s perfection should not intimidate us but instead inspire us.

One look at Mary and we know that we can become better human beings; one prayer to her and we know that because she is without sin, we can become less sinful. Like Mary, the love of God can shine upon us and through us, touching everyone who we encounter when we say yes to God. In other words, we too can be made worthy of the role God wants each of us to have.

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That role is to have Christ form within us and come alive in each of us so that we can be Christlike in our daily living. Our Blessed Mother, by way of her example, helps us to encounter the joy that comes with this Heavenly union. Being open to the Holy Spirit and having Christ form within us, the love of God becomes flesh and dwells among us. By our faith and acts of charity, we share the hope of salvation as we continue our Lord’s mission of loving mercy.

Therefore, may Mary’s consent give us the courage to say yes to God’s will and may we see the joy and dignity in the life God wants us to have. May our words, thoughts, and actions always reflect the love of God. Should we ever think we are incapable of carrying on in Christ’s way, let us remember the words of Jesus. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” [Matthew 11: 29–30].

May Christ our Savior live in all of us and may we all have a blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year!

 

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