LIFE IN CHRIST
“Christian, recognize your dignity and, now that you
share in God’s own nature, do not return to your former base
condition by sinning. Remember who is your head and of whose
body you are a member. Never forget that you have been rescued
from the power of darkness and brought into the light of the
Kingdom of God.”
The Symbol of the faith confesses the greatness of God’s
gifts to man in his work of creation, and even more in redemption
and sanctification. What faith confesses, the sacraments commu-
nicate: by the sacraments of rebirth, Christians have become “chil-
dren of God,”
“partakers of the divine nature.”
Coming to see in
the faith their new dignity, Christians are called to lead henceforth
a life “worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
They are made capable of
doing so by the grace of Christ and the gifts of his Spirit, which they
receive through the sacraments and through prayer.
Christ Jesus always did what was pleasing to the
and always lived in perfect communion with him. Likewise
Christ’s disciples are invited to live in the sight of the Father “who
sees in secret,”
in order to become “perfect as your heavenly
Father is perfect.”
by Baptism, Christians are “dead
to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” and so participate in the life
of the Risen Lord.
Following Christ and united with him,
1 St. Leo the Great,
Sermo 21 in nat. Dom.,
3: PL 54, 192C.
6:11 and cf. 6:5; cf.