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Jesus Christ, Lord of what I am and have (I)

Jesus Christ is Lord of all that we are and we have. Without lengthening too much or without being exhaustive, I would like to say something about the much that the Lord has given us. All that belongs to him. Of all he is Lord. WE SHOULD NOT FORGET THAT NOTHING BELONGS TO US! In human language we can rightly say that this is mine, or ours, but in absolute terms ALL IS HIS.
In this and the forthcoming theme, let us have a look at some of those gifts and realities in a human being that the Lord has given us, and reflect upon him. They are gifts that we appropriate as ours and run the risk of managing them at our whim, without thinking that Jesus Christ is the Lord of all that we have received. When we act in such a way, meaning, making of ourselves lords of what we are and have, we fall in idolatry and prevent Jesus Christ of reigning in some area of our lives, and this is something serious, a block to receive all that the Lord wants to give us.
We can state, par example, that Jesus Christ is Lord:
·        Of the same LIFE that we have received. Has someone given life to himself? Our natural life we received it from our parents who are collaborators of God’s creative work. We shall not speak of the soul and the spirit that came to us directly from our Creator. In him we live, move and have our being at every moment of “our” life. As such, Jesus Christ is Lord of our natural life as much as he is of our spiritual life.
·        Of the BODY. In our days there are many people who, starting from a false premise that they are their owners, shamelessly state “I do with my body whatever I want”, but it would be good to remember what the Word of God says regarding our body: “Do you not realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you and whom you received from God? You are not your own property, then; you have been bought at a price. So use your body for the glory of God” (1 Cor 6:19-20). As such, to say that we can do with our body whatever we want is foolishness and such statement is proper of a mind that has not been transformed by the renewing and true criteria of the Word of God. This implies par example, that suicide and abortion —and what is at stake here is not only this life but also the other life— and fornication, to give three examples, are not licit to man in any circumstances. And the responsibility is greater when it comes to Christians. Paul writes a Letter to the Christians of Corinth exhorting them to honor their bodies as a body of members in service of righteousness and holiness, and not according to the flesh. Moreover the body of a Christian is no more, no less than the temple of the Holy Spirit. Our body is a vessel of clay (cf 2 Cor 4:7) in which a great treasure, the Holy Spirit, is deposited and truly dwells within us when we receive him, not when we reject him.
·        Of our ACTIONS. In one occasion Peter and the other disciples of Jesus Christ, were sternly forbidden of teaching in the name of Jesus Christ, but notwithstanding they covered Jerusalem with the doctrine of the Teacher, for as they said: “Obedience to God comes before obedience to men” (Ac 5:29). This statement reveals a great spiritual principle which should always be obeyed.
·        Of our FAMILY. Neither our family is “ours” In a strict sense we don’t have ownership rights over our children or over our spouse. On the other hand, no one chooses the family in which one is born. No doubt, that the Lord has given us a family, that is his, to care after it and for each one of us to carry out our mission in a best possible way. The fact that Jesus Christ is Lord implies that we cannot give to our family an importance greater that we give to the same Lord. He should occupy the first place in our lives, even above the dearest of our family members: “No one who prefers father or mother to me is worthy of me. No one who prefers son or daughter to me is worthy of me” (Mt 10:37). There are people who wrongly interpret this text, saying that the Lord does not give importance to the family or similar things. No, Jesus Christ makes only clear that nothing or no one should occupy the place that belongs to him alone and that our love that is mainly manifest through self-giving and obedience should be above all directed to him. On the other hand, is not a sense of relief to know that Jesus Christ is really the Lord of our family? He loves and knows and cares for them better than anyone. In him we can rest and trust.
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