Sunday Meditations: Christianity is a call to sacrifice.
What is your response to suffering in your life? Or even in the face of death although it is inevitable what do you feel about it all – suffering, sickness, old age and eventually death? How are these realities of life to be accepted in serenity? And what kind of serenity are we speaking off? There are adherents of other beliefs who seek to look upon all these realities of life in a manner of indifference, to the point that they don’t feel the pain and they see all of life as fleeting. Is that the real answer to the pain we see in people’s eyes? When their gaze meets ours? Is that the answer we offer as Christians? No.
The answer of Jesus Christ the Son of God is not an unflinching or unfeeling gaze but rather a deep gaze of compassion and understanding. But was not the Buddha himself compassionate being? How does that differ from Jesus’s compassion? Is there a difference? Yes. Buddha pointed to the eight fold path of enlightenment – `right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right “samadhi” (meditative absorption or union)`. But Jesus Christ was the only person in human history to state categorically – `I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.` (Jn.14:6)
|No cross no salvation|
This essentially distinguishes a Christian from a non-christian. The latter is trying to find the ultimate solution to life’s problems and the purpose of life but the former, the Christian has found that their destiny comes to meet them on the road of life itself. Comes to say to the Christian – `I have conquered the world; Yes! even death itself. Be brave if you take your death in your hands, you will not die! But rather in that moment you will pass from death to eternal life. And eternal life is to know is this – to know that the Father and I are One.` This is our joy as Christians. Our heritage is that we do not run from our fears but we see them as the narrow path that we are called to trod on with our brothers and sisters. If a Christian has forgotten this revealed truth from God Himself. He loses the path not only for Himself but for all humanity. This is our heritage, vocation and privilege.
Indeed `What, then, will a man gain if he wins the whole world and ruins his life?` Where is your focus right now? What do you live for? And who will you die for? Who will not cheat you of life in the end? The world awaits your answer, just like the Archangel Gabriel awaited the answer of the humble virgin of Nazareth? What wil your answer be today?
Action: Today as I go to the Holy Eucharist, I will ponder my great calling in life.