living a crucified existence

By virtue of Jesus’ death and resurrection through baptism and by faith we in Jesus are to live out a crucified existence. We’re to live out our baptism, its meaning. What does that mean.

Paul, in explaining the grace of God and the cross of Jesus, and how that relates to the law, gave the erring Galatian believers this gem:

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.

Galatians 2:20

Living a crucified existence is indeed a new existence, a new life through Jesus. Sharing in his death and resurrection, no less. A life which begins here and now through the waters of baptism, and by faith.

There is a loving friend in Jesus who is always asking how I’m doing. They happen to know firsthand some of the difficulties I’ve encountered in life, since they are a trusted friend. But I keep repeating to them that I don’t really care how I’m doing, that indeed I don’t even really know how I’m doing. That it is all in Jesus out of which comes all kinds of experience, but that experience in itself is not where I live, or want to live. It’s never about us. About our experiences, or thoughts. But it’s always about Jesus, and God’s work of grace through Jesus in and through our lives.

Not to say that we shouldn’t have a testimony, the kind that says something like, “Once I was blind, but now I see.” Not that we can’t offer our opinion, or talk about our experience. Or share our struggle with another. But that all in all throughout the here and now life revolves around, and is surrounded and penetrated by God in Jesus through the Spirit. And this is essentially communal in that we share in this existence with others. Which can be challenging to be sure, but that is part of this reality in Jesus. So that like Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, Jesus may live out his life through us. As his Body in and for the world.