“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah”–the Christ (anointed one) of God.
Frederick Buechner writes, “It is possible to be on Christ’s way without ever having heard of Christ.”
Christ is the crux of history, the crossroad or crucible of human life, “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:26, 27).
Sylvia Dunstan’s great hymn illuminates Jesus the Christ as the essential paradox– fully divine, fully human: “Clothed in light upon the mountain, stripped of might upon the cross, shining in eternal glory, beggar’d by a soldier’s toss, You the everlasting instant; You who are both gift and cost. You, who are our death and life.”
Saturday at a yoga prayer retreat with Father Tom Ryan I experienced Christ anew as the one in whom “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). With every cell, muscle, tendon and organ in my body energized by Christ’s Spirit, I worshiped the One who raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11). In the morning session our movements were choreographed with Beatitude music– “Blessed Are They, the Poor in Spirit” –and in the afternoon with St. Francis’ Peace Prayer. I bought the DVD which also includes “I Lift Up My Soul”, “How Lovely” and “Take Lord, Receive.”
Christ in me is a verb, a christening that joins me with people all over the world throughout history. Christ’s Spirit courses through my heart and mind growing joyous, peace-making love in patient, kind, generous, faithful, gentle, self-controlled action.