Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Conquerors With Christ

A reflection on the scripture reading, 1 John 5:3-4, by Mother Maria Michael Newe, OSB.

”For the love of God is this, that we keep His Commandments. And His Commandments are not burdensome…” (1 John 5:3-4) We cannot think of God’s commandments as burdensome. We have to think of them as light, in every way: they are light to carry, they are light in our hearts, they shine forth for us, they’re wonderful, they keep us on the His path. We should think of God’s ways as heavy, but must feel lifted up by them. That’s incredibly important for how we think is how we will act.

 And what does it say after that? “And his commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God, conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.” Conquers! Not just pushed aside, but conquers! Live in that faith. Hold it powerfully. Conquer anything within you that is not of God . We are called, by our baptism, to be conquerors with Christ.  Take a hold of that faith that was given to us when we were confirmed by the Holy Spirit. That is not a small thing. We have been given the gift of faith and, in Christ Jesus, the right to conquer the spirit of the world.  Yes, God is asking something of us. But his Word is sweet and light, and He enables all of us carry it.  So let us act on the Word of God knowing we are conquerors just by our baptism. Isn’t that nice? The Vikings of God.