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Spiritual Adoption Leads us to Divine Life

Saint Gregory of Nyssa once wrote: “Man, as a being, is of no account; he is dust, grass, vanity. But once he is adopted by the God of the universe as a son, he becomes part of the family of that Being, whose excellence and greatness no one can see, hear or understand. What words, thoughts or flight of the spirit can praise the superabundance of this grace? Man surpasses his nature: mortal, he becomes immortal; perishable, he becomes imperishable; fleeting, he becomes eternal; human, he becomes divine”.

The importance of our adoption by the Father through the Sacrament of Baptism can not be overstated. It is our salvation, the hope and means of eternal life for each of us. This is made possible and certain for the faithful by means of Jesus sharing our human life through His assuming human flesh in the womb of Mary and beginning as a single cell person. Jesus claims solidarity with us all and shares the Divine life of the Trinity with each of us.

Who is the Preborn Christ?

Third in a Three-Part Series

Any one of us who are Baptized may find it difficult to believe that we are truly adopted by God the Father as his children. It is reasonable to ask for proof of this dimension of Baptism. This proof that one reasonably asks for is cited in Scripture as available to each of us. “As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child.” Gal 4:6-7

How do we ourselves hear our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”?  The process is much the same for each of us, silence, prayer, listening, and waiting. Find a quiet place to sit, maybe in church. While in this quiet place, wait while listening for God. Ponder the Scripture that calls us to, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 Each of us is capable of hearing Him if we are willing to set so much in our life aside for say thirty minutes a day. While sitting, wait and listen. Offer to God the prayer, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 Ponder this scripture and what it means that God is willing and wants to speak to each of us. God wants to hear us speak to him. God wants a relationship with each of us. God is truly present and close to each of us.
One final point for this writing, we must be ready to hear what He has to say to us, even if it is something we may not want to hear. We are to take counsel and courage in our Baptismal adoption by God as his children, his beloved sons and daughters. We are to, in the words of Christ Himself, “Be not afraid.” Luke 2:10 and 12:4.  Truly realizing the fullness of our adoption will give us the courage to do as he asks, to share in Christ’s life.

Who is the Preborn Christ?

First of a Three-Part Series

This ministry is committed to developing and promoting devotion to the Preborn Christ and it begins with answering the question: Who is the Preborn Christ?

In obvious terms, the Preborn Christ is Jesus during His nine months in the womb of His mother, Mary. This time in the womb, is often related to His Incarnation as a whole. Yet the experience Jesus had within the womb is not often pondered as the intimate source for prayer and meditation that it truly is. As scripture concurs, with the account of “The Visitation” (when Mary went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth), we are told that Elizabeth’s baby, St. John the Baptist, acknowledged Him and “leapt with joy” within the womb.

Also, in order to explore more deeply who the Preborn Christ is, we must consider the Sacrament of Baptism – both its purpose and effect. Sin has orphaned us and death will orphan many of us. It is through Baptism that we are adopted by God as our Father. This adoption also makes us brothers and sisters of Jesus and of each other. This is emphasized by Jesus when He instructed us to pray to God as He does, “Our Father, who art in heaven….”

However, Christ does not stop there. As temples of the Holy Spirit not built by human hands, Jesus has sent us His Holy Spirit to reside within us. We are bound together with this same Spirit and the many of us form a single body of Christ. Jesus is Christ’s head and we are Christ’s body. We, the body of Christ, share in the divine life of Jesus and the Holy Trinity, and in the tri-fold mission of Jesus as priest, prophet, and king. If we live and die in the Lord, then we are co-heirs of the Kingdom as the body of Christ with Jesus as our head. It is through His people, living The Way, that the Incarnation of Christ is on-going.