Leading as a Disciple

A Way of Being

…open to the Paschal Mystery, the dynamic rhythm of Christ’s life, death and resurrection transforming our daily deaths into new life.

Contemplative Process

In Christ we see what total openness to living for God brings – the transformation of death into the glory of resurrection. Such transformation is God’s intent for all human beings - the fullness of humanity ‘modelled’ by the risen Christ. While Christ’s passage from death to glory is complete, ours is a journey still in progress. We have died and been buried with Him but have not yet emerged fully from the tomb; as Paul writes to the Romans “we shall also be united with him in the resurrection” Romans 6:5. Being in Christ is an invitation to ongoing openness to this transforming journey that leads to the fullness of life God intends for all people.

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Scripture Passages

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin.

But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:3-11

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you.

Philippians 3:10-15

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory

Colossians 3:1-4

Questions for Reflection

  • On the journey to the fullness of life – what do I need to let die? How can I make way for new life? Where can I be open to transformation?
  • In the scripture passages presented, what word or phrase resonates with my experience of transformation?

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Broken Bay

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