Beauty of the Liturgy (17).  to be transformed

To know

Some children want to have the costume of one of their superheroes, be it Batman or Spiderman. They admire your strength or skill. But there will be no one better to imitate than Jesus Christ. Saint Paul invites us to have the same sentiments as Christ. He himself has seen a transformation in himself: “I live, but not I, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2,20). Pope Francis points out that through the Liturgy this identification with Christ is achieved. The Liturgy achieves a real existential involvement with his person.

This identification with Christ is very deep, because it is not to look like or do similar things, but it is in a spiritual and mysterious way: Christ is and acts in us. It is a question, says the Pope, of becoming Christ. This transformation goes beyond our possibilities, which is why the action of the Holy Spirit is necessary and essential, who works in each liturgical celebration “until Christ is formed in us” (cf. Gal 4,19)

To think

Saint Benito José Labre was the “holy beggar”, who renounced everything and lived begging for alms. He dedicated himself to God and to others. What he collected as alms he gave to other poor people. When they died they wanted an image of him but they didn’t have any. Someone remembered that an artist, André Bley, had chosen him as a model to represent Christ, because his face betrayed an intense spirituality. And with the face of Christ, they found that of the saint.

Identification with Christ is carried out by the Holy Spirit in our soul. It is a very high goal to be able to give hope and joy to hearts like Jesus, but it is worth it.

To live

Just as in the Holy Mass the Holy Spirit acts to transform the bread into the Body of Christ, so it acts in Baptism to transform the creature into part of the Mystical Body of Christ. With this we see how essential it is to go to the Sacraments so that the Spirit Holy, sanctify us and conform to Christ. Saint Leo the Great wrote: “Our participation in the Body and Blood of Christ tends to nothing else but to become what we eat.”([email protected])

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J. A. Allen

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