Vocational Meditation: Being Christ Like

posted May 4, 2012, 11:20 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne   [ updated May 4, 2012, 11:21 AM ]
He took, broke, gave. This is the pattern of our Christian life. First, God takes us, chooses us among others, out of no merit of our own, transforming us in Baptism, setting us apart. So He does with each one of His subsequent gifts, each Sacrament and our own particular vocation. Taken. Chosen…. Then broken. Jesus was “broken” in His Passion and death on the Cross. He died. So each one of us is called to die to himself, die to the world. “If we die with the Lord we shall live with the Lord.” And Jesus gave His apostles the Bread that was Himself. But He also wants to give Himself to others in us and through us. As Christians we are His presence in the world, He gives Himself to the world through us. And He wants us to give, spend ourselves in service to others as He did for us. He wants the world to experience God’s love through our love for our neighbor. Once again we see Christ’s amazing generosity. He is here for us. He had told His disciples that unless they ate His flesh and drank His blood they would not have life in themselves. Jesus wants us to have the fullness of life, and so He offers us His Body to take and eat, His Blood to take and drink. Do we need any greater proof of His love? And, will we be so ungrateful as to refuse His gift? Would there be any limit to the good we could do as His apostles if we only took His word and attitude as our own, if our word to Him and to souls was, “Take!” To Him we would say, "Take my life, all I have and possess, all my liberty, my understanding, my entire will. My life is to serve You and do Your work." To souls we would say, "All the gifts I received from God are for you. Take my time, my talents, my strengths, my gifts, my thoughts, my words, and my deeds, all that I am and all that I do. I live for you." Then we would be truly Christian, which means, truly Christ-like.