In every age there have been men and women who, obedient to the Father’s call and to the prompting of the Spirit, have chosen this special way of following Christ in order to devote themselves to Him with an undivided heart; which does not only refer to those who embraces religious and priestly life but to all men who are called to live a life in the total service of God’s Kingdom in the way of Christ: A way of life bestowed to every Christian by the Holy Spirit, that they may help to make the mystery and mission of the Church shine forth, and in doing so have a share in the renewal of society. This is the redemptive work of Christ handed down to all His disciples. It is then a chain of commitment as we continue to follow and imitate Christ in the different walks of life and in our peculiar mission.
The grace of discipleship is nothing but divine charity, destined for the Church and for building of God’s Kingdom on earth. One of the goals of a disciple is to proclaim the good news, but most of all the witnessing of a Christ-like life. Every disciple is a Bearer of truth, light of this world and truly the salt of the earth a description which simply means – to be an individual who humbly offer oneself for God’s kingdom and become one of the Church’s ultimate servant.
Christ’s invitation resound throughout the earth, “Come follow me” and basically to follow is to see one’s mission responsibly with the eyes of faith. Discipleship does only denote a commitment that is scholarly designed but an expression of love that would prevail in the gravest difficulties that every follower might encounter.
As Christian disciples we are all cognizant with the reality that to proclaim the Gospel is not how we eloquently spread it by mere words but by living a life of nothingness, fully dependent on God’s grace, mercy and love. This response calls for an everyday renewal and discernment in choosing to do God’s will, in accepting the mission of Christ as our very own mission.
Sr. M. Glenda D. Galanido, fdz
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