To live “in Christ” is to live in a mystery equal to that which is the nature of life. It is “in Christ” where we are united as One with Him. When we accept Christ into our lives, He dwells in us as we were our own superior self. It is through Christ that we are united with God by identifying our inmost self with Him.
From the moment that we respond with faith and charity to His love for us, a mystical union dwells within our souls. A “new being” is brought into existence. One becomes a “new man” and this new man becomes one identity through the spiritual awakening of Christ within. The gardener of Galatia spoke of this to the minds of early believers. This mystical union of being with Christ as one “new man” is the work of the Spirit of Love, or the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The union of two natures in one person through Christ is a union that is perfect and indestructible, a union of God’s essence in one existing entity. The union of a soul with God through Christ may just be a fortuitous union, but nonetheless it is more than just a moral union or an agreement of hearts.
The union of the Christian with Christ is not just a resemblance of fondness and feeling, a mutual agreement between thoughts and resolves. This union carries a quality with it that some may see as radical, mystical and very much mysterious. It is a mystical union in which Christ Himself becomes the source and the principle of all that is divine in you.
Christ Himself, breathes in you, divinely giving you His Spirit. The ever-transformed mission of the Spirit to the soul that is in the grace of Christ is to be seen as a metaphor for breathing. That natural breath, the one you just took—it keeps renewing, from moment to moment, your life, as you know it. It is the grace of Christ moving through you.
The mystery of Christ, the Spirit, it is selfless love. We receive Him in the “inspiration” of secret love, and to Him we give to others, the outgoings of our own charity. A life in Christ is then but a life of both receiving and giving. We receive from God, in the Spirit of His Love, and in the same Spirit of Love, we return our love to God through others.
Allow me a moment.
Lord, if I have this divinity inside me, what do the calamities of pain and pleasure, hope and fear, joy and sorrow, matter to me? They seem to not be my life and they do have little to do with life.
Why should I fear a thing that cannot rob me of You, and why do I desire anything that cannot give me possession of You? All of these exterior elements will come and go, so why should they intrude upon me?
Why does my joy excite me and my sorrows bring me down? And why should either of them make or break my day?
Why is life so attractive and death so dispelling if I only live in the life that You have so graciously gifted to me?
Why should I fear to cease to be what I am not when I have already become something of what I am?
It is the easiest thing in this world to possess the life and the joy in Christ. All one has to do is to believe and love. Yet people waste their entire lives in the trenches of industry, making sacrifice difficult to get things that make reality impossible.
This is one of the chief contradictions that sin has thrust upon our souls. We have to treat ourselves with such violence just to keep ourselves laboring uselessly for what is vicious and without bliss, and we have to somehow compel ourselves to take what is tranquil and full of joy as though it was our last resort, because as a whole the path of least resistance leans into the ways of our greatest hardship and it is sometimes that what we are to do, is in itself, most easy, just may be the hardest thing in the world.
I have no idea who these kids are but I’ll be damned if you all aren’t amazed by her voice.