Accept and Follow Christ

Here is a fictional story that illustrates the redemption:

A man was hiking and fell into a crevasse.  Deep in the pit, he noticed there were other trails and caverns that appeared to lead further into the earth.  Fearing to leave the light he could see above him, he remained and yelled out for help.  A banker walked by the crevasse and threw down money.  That did not help.  A doctor likewise passed by and dropped in some medicine, which did not help either.  Finally a man jumped down into the pit.  Seeing the helper was empty-handed, the hiker said to him, "Why did you do that? Now we're both stuck." The man replied, "We're not stuck. I know the way."

Nothing outside of Christ is capable of saving us.  Jesus ‘jumped into the pit’ with us.  That is, he became man, entered the human condition, and remains with us in the Eucharist.  Not only does this save us, it gives us comfort.

Let us continue the story:

The helper does not lift the man straight up out of the hole, but rather leads him deep into the earth down the trails.  There are times the fallen hiker doubts the path and suggests another route.  The helper patiently acquiesces to the hiker.  When they hit a dead end, the hiker hands control back to the helper, who reroutes them and ultimately leads them to the summit.  

It is to our advantage to accept and follow Christ. “Belief is one of the indispensable preliminary conditions of the realization of its object,” writes William James, the founder of modern psychology.  “Believe, and you shall be right, for you shall save yourself; doubt, and you shall again be right, for you shall perish.”

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