This may sound strange, but sometimes I just sit still and ‘feel’ myself put on Christ, like a robe. I imagine the warmth of Christ’s Spirit settle on my shoulders. I feel gentleness and compassion surround me, and hold me, like a blanket. I feel courage coursing through my blood, making me strong again. I feel my mind clear, like a fog is lifting from my mind. I feel myself set my sights on ‘things that are above,’ as Paul puts it.
It really is amazing. I feel like I am ‘putting on Christ,’ and it’s such a relief. The ‘new life’ is back. I’m patient. I feel tenderness and respect towards others. I have a sense of the goodness of the world, even in the face of evil. I am not afraid.
We ‘put on Christ’ once and for all in our baptism. But we can call on Christ again and again, to remind us of the new life he gives. We can be renewed into the creatures God meant us to be.