On his spiritual journey for holiness, Augustine of Hippo once said, “May I know You (Lord), as I know myself.” This is the first step to make Christ’s presence visible. Augustine considered and discerned his real self, about what he could do, and about how his spiritual gifts and talents empowered him to serve Christ’s church and to help others.
Augustine preached the Word of God, he shepherded pastors and churches. He took care of the needy, but in order to do that he also understood about the importance of knowing his limits as a human being. He was in awe when he found out through contemplative prayer about God’s Almighty presence and compared it with humanity. Nonetheless, how God equipped humanity to bring the best of them, and to bring us all together. Togetherness is a value we all need to incorporate in our lives. President Kennedy said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” That came up from the principle of the common good in the Christian tradition that encourages us to work for the kingdom of God.
Let’s start this process by identifying and knowing our gifts (talents) and our limitations. This step will lead us to know what we can, or what we can’t do for others. The more each person knows his own true self in a complete or holistic way, body, mind, soul; the better the person is able to know, understand, and use his gifts for the community well-being. The better we may know ourselves, the better we will love God and ourselves.
Consequently, we will make Christ’s presence visible in our midst. “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:15-16)
Let’s abide in love carrying on our mission to build God’s kingdom in our community.