THE MIND OF JESUS CHRIST...
Saint Paul commands us: “Put on
the mind of Christ.” He also says: “You
have the mind of Christ.” Of course the mind of Christ was the most pure,
holy innocent, humble, wise and intelligent, retentive, and noble that ever
existed---nobody with a right mind could deny this.
How then can I implement this
imperative of the great Apostle Saint Paul who could say in all sincerity: “It is
no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me!”
Of course a daily meditation on the
Word of God, especially the heart of the Bible the Gospels, can transform our
way of thinking. The saying you are
what you eat is true. Even more to the point is you are what you think!
Still we would like to propose another
way to put on the mind of Christ; indeed another way to actually have the mind
of Christ. The most efficacious way to
actually put on the mind of Christ is a well-prepared, humble, fervent,
faith-filled reception of Holy Communion.
Jesus in the Consecrated Host!
HOLY COMMUNION. Holy Communion is truly and substantially
the BODY, BLOOD, SOUL, AND DIVINITY OF JESUS CHRIST! The noblest members of the Body of Christ is
His Heart and His mind.
Indeed when we receive Holy Communion
worthily then we have a “Spiritual Heart-transplant”. The Sacred Heart of Jesus beats within our
heart upon receiving Holy Communion with the proper dispositions.
Furthermore, when we receive Holy
Communion we receive the whole and entire Body of Jesus and that of course
includes His MIND! With this knowledge
we can indeed put into practice the mandate of St. Paul: “Put on the mind of Christ.” Then after Holy Communion has been
received worthily we indeed truly have the Mind of Christ. Praise the Lord!
Many suffer torments of the mind and
in many different ways. Ugly memories from the past pursue us like ugly nightmares.
Past hurts from our youth pursue us like
vicious wolves. Immodest images of past viewings and actions never seem
to leave our mind at peace. Memories of
past hurts of our childhood due to bad family experiences seem to leave almost
indelible scars. Even the devil maneuvers and manipulates his way into our mind
accusing us, blaming us and condemning us. Even something as simple as the
failure of memory; the memory seems to have been transformed into a leaky
bucket, retaining only a few drops of information.
How can this sad state of affairs,
all related to my mind, memory, understanding, and imagination be purified, enlightened
and raised on high? Once again the answer is receiving Jesus in Holy Communion
with lively faith and a burning love.
Holy Communion contains the total Jesus--- His mind, too!
THE MIND. The mind is one of the most noble gifts and
faculties that God has bestowed on every human person. The mind contains
memory, understanding and imagination.
These are the three specific faculties present in the mind.
Holy Communion can transform the
whole mind, each of these three different faculties! Holy Communion is not a symbol that
represents Jesus. Holy Communion truly and substantially is JESUS!!!! Let us
analyze briefly what Holy Communion can do to transform our mind into the mind
MEMORY. Our memory is weak, short-lived, tormented
with past ugly memories that never seems to leave us at peace. Why not try this! Next time you receive Jesus
in Holy Communion beg the Lord to purify your memory of past hurts and ugly
images; beg the Lord to fill you with a bright light in your memory. Beg the
Lord that with this Holy Communion your memory will only retain the good and
repel and reject the evil. In other
words, beg the Lord that all the good influences would be absorbed and retained
like a sponge; and beg the Lord that all evil influences would be repelled like
water bouncing off a rock!
UNDERSTANDING. How often have we read
something, heard a lecture or conference, or even listened to a conversation
and our understanding did not kick into gear? The message seemed to be murky,
unclear and confused! Why? Due to the
simple fact that as a result of Original Sin our mind and understanding have
been damaged--- not destroyed but impaired! In Holy Communion we receive the “Total
Christ”. Why not beg Jesus next time
you receive Holy Communion to give you His Mind with His understanding. One of the effects that this will produce in
us is a more keen and penetrating understanding of the truth. You will notice, as a result of frequent and
well-prepared Holy Communions, that a light bulb will be turned on in your mind
giving you certain insights that you never had before. Why? Because Holy Communion truly gives you the
Mind of Jesus, with His brilliant understanding.
Contemplate the mind of Jesus!
IMAGINATION. In the Marian classic, True Devotion to
Mary, St. Louis de Montfort expresses an earnest appeal to Our Lady related
to the imagination: “O Mary, check our
wandering imagination…” Saint Teresa
of Avila calls the imagination “La loca
de la casa.”--- Literally, the “Mad
woman of the house”. Why? Very simply, the imagination can run wild in any
time and in any place. It can be compared to a spoiled and untrained child or
even a wild animal left at large! Our
imagination is neutral! It can be used
for great evil—as in the case of willfully recalling and pondering pornographic
images. However, on the contrary, St.
Ignatius exhorts us to use our imagination to enter into the lives of Mary and
Jesus and to become part of His life--- all be means of training the
imagination! St. Ignatius calls this the
prayer of “Contemplation”.
This being said, upon receiving Holy
Communion, not only do we receive the Mind of Jesus, the Understanding of
Jesus, but also we receive the IMAGINATION of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Indeed only Jesus can help us to overcome our
sinfulness in thought, word, deed and omission. Upon receiving Holy Communion
the “mad man of the house calms down” and a more peaceful and controlled
thought process in the imagination takes over!
Put on the mind of Jesus in Holy Communion!
CONCLUSION. The greatest action that the human person
can do on earth is to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. Saint Paul says: “Put on
the mind of Christ; you have the mind of Christ.” Why not start today to aim at the habit of
frequent, well-prepared and fervent reception of Holy Communion. Holy Communion
is truly the total Christ--- His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
This includes His Sacred Mind, with
the three specific faculties: memory, understanding and will. Try it! You will never regret it! Not only will
you put on the mind of Christ; rather, you actually will have the mind of
Christ. As St. Augustine highlights, Our
Lady first conceived Jesus in her mind and then in her body. May Our Lady, who
pondered the word of God in her mind, attain for us an ardent yearning to
receive her Beloved Son so as to have truly the Sacred mind of Jesus!
Mary teach us to ponder and worship Jesus!