"And be the aroma of Christ in the world"
Friday, 7th week of Easter, May 18, 2018
To be Christian actually means to "be Christ" (Catechism of the Catholic Church 795). We are the divine-
human body of Jesus, living by his divine life.
If that is what we are, it should be evident. Scripture says we should be "the aroma of Christ in the world," through whom God "spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him" (2Corinthians 2:14).
For this we ask the Holy Spirit to "Come! Grant us his Gifts and transform us!" It is to help us be the "aroma of Christ" in the world.
That is what we live for; why we are on earth: to make Jesus physically present and continue his mission in the world.
The Angelus presents Christianity as full of promise: "The angel announced to Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit…"
The fulfillment of the promise depends on surrender: "Be it done unto me…"
And the fruit of surrender is "the Word was made flesh and dwelling among us."
We get up in the morning to give flesh to the Word and words of God. To be "the aroma of Christ in the world" and "spread in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him."
We do this when the "fruit of the Spirit" is evident in our words, actions, responses to others, in everything that reveals who and what we are.
So we end our morning prayer listing the "Fruits of the Spirit." If we can't name them, how can we live them?