Christ in me

The great mystic, St. Paul, speaks of an inner secret, which is now revealed: Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). This inner secret revealed original human nature, which was seriously hurt, forgotten and stained by misconceptions, but which is now restored to us in Christ. Every human being is created in the image of God to grow into the likeness of God. What this means is revealed to us in the life of Jesus Christ. His life gives us an idea of a life where the presence of God runs through it, a life which is saturated by God’s presence. His life comes from within and moves outward – from the image of God in a person’s heart. Det var en uklar sætning, og jeg kunne ikke helt se, hvilken mening, du ville have frem.

Furthermore, Jesus Christ is the One in whom God became man. The incarnation of the divine Logos took place as the maiden Mary said Yes and accepted becoming the Mother of God’s Son. Mary shows us how we will become persons who bear Christ in our hearts. This happens when we, too, say Yes and accept God’s calling and make ourselves available for God’s plan for our life. This is when servant love becomes personified in Jesus Christ.

St. Paul speaks of a cleansing and a kind of spiritual dying as a part of this Yes to God: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.“ (Gal. 2:20)  We may experience this through a prayer, or a guided meditation. It involves a cleansing of false conceptions of God, of one self and of the world around at our breathing out, and an infilling of Christ at our breathing in.

The well known Orthodox Jesus-prayer is a good practice for maintaining Christ in Me.

Focus on your heart and rest in it.

Breathe calmly.

Jesus Christ, Son of God. (breathing in)

Have mercy on me! (breathing out)