Jesus Live In Us Today!
by John Connelly
We live in a world that is broken and bleeding.
A battle is taking place that effects us all.
An ancient warfare is raging all around us.
People are being lied to over and over.
The culture of death surrounds us.
But we should never despair.
God is unfolding his plan.
A Great Renewal is about to dawn.
The renewal of Christianity in our time.
I think this Great Renewal begins by asking ourselves a simple question.
It is a question that comes straight from the Bible.
From the Heart of God to you and me…
“Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is IN YOU?” (1 Corinthians 13:5)
I really believe this is the question for our time.
We need to let this probing question really soak into our inmost being.
Because the fundamental problem we face is a lack of true revelation
about Jesus living in you and me.
We know it intellectually in our heads.
But have we truly grasped that JESUS IN US is the most revolutionary
force in the entire world?
If we truly awaken to this one simple truth the Church and the world
will be changed forever.
What is Christianity? It is Jesus Christ is actually living in you and me.
Jesus the King of Kings is in you and me.
Jesus The Lord of all life is in you and me.
Jesus the all powerful, ever loving, unique Savior
of all humanity is living in us now.
Listen to the words of St John Eudes who sought to
live this revolutionary vision…
“Jesus belongs to you…All THAT IS HIS IS YOURS: His Spirit, His Heart, His Body and Soul, and all his faculties. You must make use of these as your own,to serve, praise, love, and glorify God.” (St John Eudes)
Imagine if every Christian really lived this profound vision of life.
We would go through life with a deep sense of our royal dignity as sons and daughters
of God. We would shine the light of Jesus to all people, in all situations. Prayer would
arise within us and flood the earth.
Imagine if all Christians began to love
God and each other without limits.
If we we quit arguing and allowed Jesus to transform us entirely.
Is this not what Jesus had in mind when he said…
“Live in me and I in you.” John 15:5
Yes, a new wind is blowing in our today.
A call to return to the essence of Christianity.
A call to humbly and simply live the life of Jesus in our world today.
It is quite stunning that Pope Francis has named himself after the great re-builder
of the Church- St Francis of Assisi.
Everywhere St Francis went renewal broke out.
People converted to Christ.
Faith, hope, and love began to spread like wildfire.
His impact on Christianity and the Church cannot be overstated.
Imagine St Francis kneeling in the ruins of an ancient church.
It’s walls have crumbled. It’s days of glory are forgotten.
He is praying before a painted image of the cross.
Suddenly, he hears Jesus. The voice of the Good Shepherd
speaks to his inmost being….
“Rebuild My Church.”
Today Jesus is speaking to us again. We too are in a time of epic
rebuilding. The Church needs renewal. It needs to rebuilt with the
living stones of people leading holy lives.
God longs to work a Great Renewal in our world.
St Francis knew that the path of true renewal only
comes when we live the life of Jesus.
His goal was simple and profound. He said his call was…
“To follow in the footsteps and teachings of Jesus.”
Well a new Francis is at hand and he too is calling us all
from theory into practice. Pope Francis seeks to reunite Christians
and call us all rebuild the entire Church by living the life of
“Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitterness… and that is where death is. That is not the place to look for the One who is alive! Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do.” (Pope Francis)
Jesus is calling.
He is calling for a Great Renewal of all of Christianity.
Every single one of us is called to deeper experience
of Jesus and his limitless love.
We are called from theory into practice.
We are called to let Jesus truly live in us this day and
So let us meditate on the great question of our time…
“Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is IN YOU ? ” (2 Cor 13:5)
And let us pray this prayer together until JESUS IN US becomes our
JESUS LIVE IN US TODAY!