Immersed in Christ: Monday, July 19, 2021
The Sacrament of Discipleship
Confession is the sacrament of the examined Christian life. It is the sacrament of recognized enlightenment. The life we embraced and commit- ted ourselves to live at baptism was the life of disciples—students and imitators of the life of Jesus Christ.
It bears repeating: “disciple” does not mean “follower.” It means student. We are called to be students of the mind and heart of Christ—Christians who intentionally follow his way, interiorly enlightened by his truth, consciously experiencing his life. This is to live the “examined life” of disciples.
Disciples are students of the Word by the gift of the Holy Spirit. Disciples are more than imitators: our commitment as Christians is to let Jesus him-self live and continue his mission in us as in his own body on earth. There is no way to do this unless we commit ourselves to deep, constant, and lifelong re- flection on the mind and heart of God as revealed in the words and actions of Jesus. We simply must be disciples.