BEING ABLE TO SAY: “BE IMITATORS OF ME, AS I AM OF CHRIST”

Always the obligation to retrace Jesus Christ in our persons: We will meditate especially …on the virtues of our Lord Jesus Christ, for these should be obvious in the life of our members.

Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163

Virtues are those qualities which give meaning to our lives, that give us “salt” and “light” and help us to become “salt” and “light” for others.

The second Letter of Peter clarifies what a virtue is “may grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2). It is knowledge of God. It is looking at the life and qualities and attitudes of Jesus  – it is allowing ourselves to be transformed by the one who says “Come, follow me.” And ”You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15, 14-15).

So, Paul is able to say “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (I Corinthians 11,1) – and this is what Eugene means when he says that the virtues “should be obvious in the life of our members.”

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One Response to BEING ABLE TO SAY: “BE IMITATORS OF ME, AS I AM OF CHRIST”

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    How do I become ‘salt’ and ‘light’ for others? What are my virtues?

    “…to retrace Jesus Christ in our persons” During the past week or so I have been looking at Eugene and his struggles at a most particular time in his life. How did he manage? And even as I sit here I recognize how he continued to retrace Jesus Christ in his person. I think for a moment of when Jesus was accused – he neither gave in nor gave up – he neither victimized himself nor did he give in and repeat the lie that was said.

    I have been looking at Jesus and his crucifixion in a rather ‘holy and cleaned-up’ way. I realized that last week as I was writing. I was retracing only some of the lines so that all I noticed was this angelic image that was not quite human. There was a nice ‘holiness’ about the image but it lacked depth and realness. Sort of a ‘prettied-up’ version of the crucifixion, without any of the pain and struggle, the blood and dirt and yes stench – the Son of God subject to the nth degree of humiliation and death.

    This has helped me to look at Eugene in an even deeper and more understanding way. Gives me a little of what I need to try and imitate Eugene and others and most specially Jesus, the crucified Saviour. Maybe by imitating it will become a part of me, like my breath.

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