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Sunday, September 22, 2019

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True spirituality involves constant changes to become more like Christ

True spirituality involves constant changes to become more like Christ

True spirituality is grounded in our daily experiences. We do not live two lives: one that involves our daily tasks and the other a spiritual life. They are both the same. What we usually call the spiritual life is the times set aside to reflect and pray.

Our whole life should be spiritual. We constantly need to reflect on our lives to make sure we are doing everything out of love.

Spirituality is not primarily a matter of what we do. It’s who we are in our relationships before God and others that give value to all our doings.

Jesus’ initial message was, “Reform your lives and believe in the Good News.”

Reform calls for a change. Change is a sign of growth and being alive. Either we change (grow) or we die. The Greek word for change or conversion is Metanoia. The basic meaning of this Greek word is “a change in one’s outlook or way of thinking, a change of mind.”

We must change the way we think. We must serve our brothers and sisters, instead of being in competition with them. We must give up trying to “have it all,” and instead commit ourselves to “sharing all.”

We must stop belittling those who are different from us, and instead adapt an attitude to meet their needs. We must stop worrying about “what is in it for me,” and start paying attention to what can I do for others.

Changing our own plans, dreams, and formulas for living is difficult. It is also difficult to get out of the driver’s seat and offer it to the Lord. It takes faith to leave our comfort zones and journey into the unknown. However, the road of faith could and would make all the difference. The haunting sense of risk and the dread of the unknown often drown out the voice of grace inviting and challenging us.

Our only guarantee is the words of Jesus, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

William James once said, “The greatest discovery in our generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change all the outer aspects of their lives.”

Human beings alone, of all God’s creatures, can change their own destiny.

We cannot climb uphill by thinking downhill thoughts. If our world is gloomy and hopeless, it is because we are gloomy and hopeless. We must change our mind to change our world.

Change demands self-discipline. Change also requires the substituting of new habits for old. We mold our character and our future by our thoughts and actions. We can realize change through conscious evolution, moment-by-moment, day-by-day, concentrating on becoming the person God wants us to be. We can accomplish change most of all through our prayer, because with God all things are possible.

Jesus said, “If you obey my teachings, you are really my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free.” (John 8:31, 36)

Freedom means taking responsibility for our own life – accepting our own life with its limitations and possibilities. Freedom does not mean that we can do what we please, but it does mean that nothing is holding us back from striving to make our finest dreams come true.

Freedom is our right to be ourselves, to make mistakes, to fail and try again. No failure is final; freedom always gives us another chance. Freedom is God’s gift to us.

“Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” (2 Cor. 3:17) wrote St. Paul.

Thank God for our freedom. It is our key to an inspiring future.