WE NEED TO SURRENDER OUR LIFE TO JESUS WHOM WE EXPERIENCE AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR
Today’s Gospel explains the basis of our Faith as acceptance of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God and our Lord and Saviour.
It also tells us that Christ Jesus became our Saviour by his suffering, death and Resurrection. Finally, it outlines the three conditions of Christian discipleship, namely, denying oneself, taking up one’s cross and following Jesus.
Jesus wants to become a living, present reality for us, loving us, forgiving us, helping us, transforming our lives and outlook and building a personal relationship with us. The knowledge of Jesus as Lord and personal Savior needs to become a living, personal experience for each Christian drawing each of us to loving response. The relationship deepens and grows as we listen to Jesus through the daily, meditative reading of the Bible, speak to him in our daily, personal and family prayers, offer him our lives on the altar in the Holy Mass and see reconciliation with him, asking his forgiveness for our sins every night and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
We need to surrender our life to Jesus whom we experience as our Lord and Savior, whose love we have experienced by rendering humble and loving service to others with the strong conviction that Jesus is present in every person. Then, we need to praise and thank God in all the events of our lives, good and bad, realizing that God’s love shapes every event of our lives.
Excerpted from the homily of Fr Tony Kadavil available at http://frtonyshomilies.com