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Owning Christ by Jerry Lohera

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We often perceive God as all-powerful, yet it is this same God who turned vulnerable for us, who became human, as we have witnessed through Jesus’ life. This is often difficult to comprehend but it does not stop us from yearning for Him the same way He yearns for us.


                                          Owning Christ

                                         by Jerry Lohera

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The author is a Columban seminarian from Misamis Oriental who left for Pakistan in July 2017 for a two-year First Mission Assignment.

 

We often perceive God as all-powerful, yet it is this same God who turned vulnerable for us, who became human, as we have witnessed through Jesus’ life. This is often difficult to comprehend but it does not stop us from yearning for Him the same way He yearns for us.

 

We are called to live like Him in our own unique ways, but how? First, extraordinary faith in God. According to St. Luke, Jesus began his public ministry by reading the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, which became the “blueprint” of his ministry, “the Spirit of the Lord is on me”.  People who live a Spirit-filled life cling to the will of God. They are willing to be condemned and persecuted for the sake of the Kingdom. Second, extraordinary love for the poor. There are those who are sincerely working for the poor. Like Jesus, who warned people to keep silent on what they witnessed, these people are working quietly. They are heartily serving the marginalized, giving hope to the hopeless and trying to rend the hearts of the stone-hearted. In spite of their suffering, there is joy in their life. Third, extraordinary introspection. Jesus taught us that to have an intimate relationship with God, we must allow the Spirit to lead us in confronting the deepest desires of our hearts. To know Him, we have to live our authentic-self rooted in the love, generosity and righteousness of God.

 

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Christian children expressing their faith in drawings

 

In my eight months in Pakistan, a country where Christians are a minority, almost voiceless, poor and often threatened and persecuted to some degree, it is a challenge to be here as a missionary. It is tough and infuriating at times. But I need to remind myself that the life of a Pakistani Christian is a concrete manifestation of one who tries to live like Christ.

 

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Jerry (rightmost) with fellow Columban Missionaries

 

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