Written by Sr. Rosemary O.P.
St. Paul’s last sentence to us in our first reading today is: “But we have the mind of Christ.”
So what have others down through history said about this incredible faculty we call our minds?
- Mahatma Gandhi said, “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with dirty feet.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt: “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”
- Mark Twain, with tongue-in-cheek, said, “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.”
Cambridge dictionary defines our minds as: “that part of a person that makes it possible for him or her to think, feel, emotions, and understand things.”
Truly, when we think about it seriously, our minds are amazing: it’s the base of our intelligence, reasoning, recognizing things and making judgements. It’s where our creativity comes from, it stores our conscious and our subconscious. It’s where our dreams drift and our memory is kept.
St. Paul knows, too, that the mind is where we form our personal character. And he also knew that our minds can be easily persuaded. Look at what advertising today tries to make us buy and try, what our election candidates claim, or what Facebook and Instagram post! Influences are everywhere.
Paul knew, and so he said: “But we have the mind of Christ.”
The mind of Christ, informed by the Spirit, makes us look at life from a heavenly perspective.
- We begin to think, feel, and act as Christ does.
- We begin to love others as Jesus did,
- Forgive as he did, and
- Do for others like he did.
When we’re informed by the Word of God, we begin to understand what the “mind of Christ” demands of us:
- Love our enemies
- Die to self
- Forgive others
- Help the poor
- Move with trust through hardship and difficulty
Today at Mass, we asked for healing and forgiveness so that we may indeed be renewed and energized in order to show others that we do possess ‘the mind of Christ’.