… it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.

Gal 2:20

What does it mean to say that you are a Christian?

Does it mean that you go to church each Sunday?  Or assemble in a religious community to say morning prayer in unison?  No.  Such deeds are actions and suggest living on the surface when a deeper, interior reality must be grasped.

What is that reality?

A Christian claims in the name this: Christ lives in us, in each of us.

Sounds nice, perhaps a pleasant thought.  Yet, such a notion does not explain itself to us too readily.  It is more than pleasant; it is profound, life-changing – or it should be.

In saying we are a Christian, we are saying Christ dwells in us.

So what does it mean to say that Christ dwells within us?

It means that Christ brings to us His two natures, that of God and man and unites us intimately to Him and to the Father.  It means our identity and very being are radically changed and a new identity and way of being lives in us.

This union of Christ and us is indestructible.  It raises us above mortal life, to live in the Spirit, live as a soul that is eternal.  It extinguishes the worries of this world and grants us the certainty of eternal existence.  It invigorates.  It gives us sight.

It takes us from the confines of the body to the forever of the soul – and to our true identity.  In this is intimacy, everlasting reality – triumph over injury, hurt, insult, misfortune, anxiety, hatred and all the common strains of bodily life.

For a Christian, Christ is the source of life in us, divine life in us.  Each breath is Christ breathing in and through us and this breath is manifest in what we do, how we think, how we discern that which is not Christ – that all around us that is not Christ.

In this we live a sacred realm and are no longer prisoner of the secular.

In this union we are not alone, and far more than self.