Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Your Presence is Fullness of Joy

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11
Following the path of Truth requires us to become Christ centered. The Apostles give testimony as eye witnesses to the Risen Christ. In God's plan the incarnation of the Son, his taking on human nature in the person of Jesus, was not intended as a temporary phase that ended with the end of Our Lord's life on earth. On the contrary, the incarnation took place once and for all, and was intended to do so. The human nature of the incarnate Son remains forever united with his divine nature. The Gospels bear striking witness to this when they tell us how the risen Jesus behaved; when he appeared to his disciples, he made them touch the wounds of his Passion, and he shared a meal with them (cf. Luke 24:28-30; John 20:19-20, 26-27; John 21:9-14) Out of his infinite love for us, who are unable to discover him fully by the use of our intelligence and our will, God wished to come closer to us, to become more accessible. It is for this reason (the Church reminds us) that God revealed himself to humanity through his incarnation.We can turn to Jesus, who is both God and man, with confidence that he has shared our experiences and our feelings, and our hopes and our disappointments. Jesus, who is not only human, but an exemplary human being, remains a model of how we should live our life; he inspires our relationships with ourselves, with nature, with other people, and with God. Jesus, who is God and saviour, wants to be a brotherly companion on our journey and a guide through our earthly life.

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