Living as Christ Lived and as St. Paul Preached How He Lived It -- Living in Unconditional Fulfillment
|Posted by frieda lara on September 24, 2019 at 8:00 PM|
St. Paul taught the Phllippians the secret of a life of contentment by accepting and being thankful and content with what comes. This is something that not even many professing Christians do or can do. But the lack of attachment to the ways of the world is precisely what characterized the liffe of Christ Himself and imitated perfectly by S. Paul, whom He directly touched on his way to Damascus to destroy Christian believber. Below is St. Paul's revelation of how he lived in resplendent independence from both the ipleasures and pains of this world:
"I have learned in whatever state I am, therewitth to be content. I know how to be abased and how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, to ab ound and suffer need. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me." (Philippians 4:11-13).
A true Christian is not affected by the extremes of what happens in the world or himself/herself. He or she is content with what the Lord sends, trusting perfectly that what He send is what is good for the true Crhistian.The true Christian has a balanced view of all occurrences. He or she experiences both bounty and abasement, fullness and need, praise and abasement. He or she is indifferent to either extreme because his/her trust in God's providence is well-goounded and no necessity can distract him or her from obeying His laws and doing what He tells him or he to do or stop doing.
Yet the fact is that even the most devout Christian of this time prays for temporal things and complans when misfortune befalols them. It is extremely difficult to detach from our personal pleasures, from ourselves. If this is our case, we are falling short of Christ's own way of life against which ours wll b measured. The time to assess our lives is now.