Identity

Living Within Christ

Living Within Christ

Sometimes – this is so hard to describe – sometimes it’s as if I am living inside light. This is the most beautiful and real of all. Like there is a light surrounding me that is full of beauty and holiness. And I get to live inside of it. As if I’m breathing underwater. Or living inside starlight. Or surrounded by flame, but not burned.

Can you imagine that? Can you close your eyes and imagine?

A Question of Identity

A Question of Identity

Who are you? Who are any of us? There are so many labels ready to affix themselves to us: 

  • Rich or poor
  • Success or failure
  • Healthy or sick
  • Smart or stupid
  • Citizen or immigrant
  • Beautiful or ugly
  • Old or young
  • In a family or alone
  • Doctor or housewife or lawyer or musician or nurse or unemployed or financial adviser or retired or student or whatever it is you call the work you do or did or hope to do

But what if … what if all of these labels aren’t who we really are? What if underneath all the words we use to describe ourselves, we are something deeper, something more? What if, like all the people in the Gospel who have labels slapped on them – pious Nicodemus, sinful Samaritan woman, sell-out royal official – what if, in Jesus’ presence, we are known for who we really are? What if, as the Psalmist writes, the Lord has “searched us and known us,” far beneath the personas that we wear? What if, as St. Paul writes, in Christ there really isn’t any status, whether “slave or free, Jew or Greek, male or female”? What if, in meeting Christ, “the truth shall set us free”?