The Regnum Christi Movement offers its members some guidelines of a gospel-based spirituality as an ideal of Christian life. The spiritual path that Regnum Christi members walk mainly consists in knowing, loving, imitating, and proclaiming Christ. This is the path and these are the goals.
Below, we offer some resources that can help nurture the spiritual life of Movement members and of any Christian.
Daily Prayer 2013-01-19
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| SPIRITUAL LIFE
Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Father Shawn Aaron, LC
Once again he went out along the sea. All
the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the customs post. He said to him,
"Follow me." And he got up and followed him. While
he was at table in his house, many tax
collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who
were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples, "Why
does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus
heard this and said to them that, "Those who are
well do not need a physician, but the sick
do. I did not come to call the righteous but
Introductory Prayer: God our Father, in
your eyes I am like a little child whom you
tenderly watch over. God the Son, in your eyes
I am like a poor, helpless sheep whom you
gently pick up and carry when I’m worn out from
my sins. God the Holy Spirit, in your eyes
I am like a dry piece of wood that you
wish to set ablaze with the fire of your
love. Thank you, Holy Trinity, for wanting to bring me
into your holy friendship. I am completely unworthy of
your love but so grateful to find rest and
a true home in you.
grant me a generous heart.
1. He Got Up
and Followed Him: “‘He rose and followed him.’ The
conciseness of the phrase clearly underlines Matthew’s promptness in
response to the call…. In this ‘rising’ one can
see the detachment from a situation of sin and, at
the same time, the conscious adherence to a new
life, upright, in communion with Jesus” (Pope Benedict XVI,
General Audience, August 30, 2006). Holiness of life is not
simply separation from what is sinful, but a participation
in the love and holiness of God. It is
not just separation from something, but transformation into the
someone God has created us to be. When he calls,
Jesus never gives us a map, only a compass.
We do not see the full picture, we simply know
the direction. Each day he invites us to follow
him, to deepen the communion of love with him,
and to keep our eyes fixed on him as on
a “lamp shining in a dark place” (2 Peter
1:19). Matthew really had no clue where his life would
end up. But he did know that it had
to change and where that change needed to begin.
Matthew was so utterly convinced that Jesus was worthy of
his trust that he surrendered his life to him.
We must daily choose to follow Matthew’s example of
how to follow Jesus.
2. While He Was at
Table in His House: “Behold! I am standing at
the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and
open the door, I will come in to you and
eat with you, and you with me” (Revelation 3:20).
They are celebrating Matthew’s vocation to follow Jesus. Matthew
could have said “no” or “not yet” or “not now.”
But consider the effects if such a refusal had
taken place. For starters there would have been no
dinner feast, and consequently many of Matthew’s friends would have
missed an intimate encounter with Jesus that night –
an encounter that forever changed some of their lives.
Jesus knocked at the door of Matthew’s life, and Matthew
opened it wide to Jesus. Then, like the Samaritan
woman, he ran to get others so that they
too might meet Jesus. By way of Matthew’s “yes,” Jesus
started touching the lives of others. Whenever we say
“yes” to Jesus, he will work not only in
us, but also through us. Once again, today he will
invite us to say “yes” to his will and
thereby be his instrument of grace for others. “I am
standing at the door, knocking.…”
3. Why Does
Your Teacher Eat with Tax Collectors and Sinners?He does
so that we might learn two lessons: the depth
of his love for every soul, and how we
must love others unconditionally. “God proves his love for us
in that while we still were sinners Christ died
for us” (Romans 5:8). Loving a person unconditionally does
not mean that we blithely accept their sin. We love
them despite their sin and in the hope that
one day they will leave it aside. Mercy is
the one form of love that we can never directly
exercise toward God, yet it is his greatest expression
of love for each one of us. Through Jesus’ dying
on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins,
God has revealed the pinnacle of love. Thus, when
we practice mercy, forgiveness, patience, etc. towards those around
us, we are imitating the highest form of love. Jesus
ate with tax collectors and sinners for the same
reason he called Matthew to follow him: because he
loves us and wants to share his life with us.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, the call
to follow you is a call to conversion of
heart. Touch my heart with your grace in such a
way that my thoughts and actions may always reflect
my desire to imitate your example of love. Make me
patient in each situation and capable of forgiving those
who may cause me harm or create difficulties.
Resolution: Today I will speak
to someone – whether a family member, friend, coworker, acquaintance
or stranger – about my gratitude to Jesus Christ.
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