Through Christ’s death and resurrection, God sets into motion a daily process to transform us so that we will become the children he intends us to be. This transformation is made possible because at the moment of our baptism Christ begins living within us, making our bodies his temple. Although Christ lives within us through Baptism, he never forces his presence upon us. And yet, when we acknowledge Christ, through a process of remembering our baptism, it is then that his life truly becomes our life.
When Christ lives within us the two most important aspects of Christ’s life become a part of our daily lives: his death and his resurrection. By his death, Christ brings death to our self-centered, sinful ways of living.
Through our baptism, we are given Christ’s own capacity to bring death to the most destructive and evil force within us: our own self-centeredness, our own rebellion against God. The power of Christ’s death that we receive in baptism is the power that breaks the sin we inherited from our first parents. Christ’s death, at work within us, brings death to our inner connection to sin, death, and the devil’s evil ways.
Through the power of his resurrection, Christ brings a new way to live in our relationship with God and with others. Through our daily remembering, our sinful ways are drowned and our new life with Christ is raised up just as it was on the day of our baptism, and just as it will be at the end of all time.
Through our baptism, we are given Christ’s own capacity to bring about a new way to live and relate to God and to one another. The power of Christ’s resurrection, which we received in baptism, is the power to bring about love and forgiveness to our relationship with God and our relationships with others.
How is Christ’s death and resurrection at work within you?