Your Personal Experience
Today we live in an environment that is not
Christian. This is why it has become even
more urgent that one's personal experience
of Jesus Christ is essential. We cannot simply
live Christianity on someone else's back!
You are the one to experience Jesus Christ.
You need to know him and be close to him.
In this Eastern country, the custom was that
if you receive a gift you had to share it
with both your personal and the donor's relatives
and friends. So when this family received
a duck as a gift, they immediately celebrated
it with a nice meal with their kith and kin.
The next day however a visitor knocked at
the door, and asked to participate in the
meal. "Who are you?" was the obvious
"Well, I am a friend of the friend of
the friend of the guy who gave you the duck"
The family dutifully prepared the table.
And a few minutes later, the wife came out
of the kitchen with a bowl of boiling water.
"What is this?" asked the guest.
"Well, since you are the friend of the
friend of the friend of the one who brought
us the duck, we prepared a soup of the soup
of the soup of the duck!"
When I first read the story, I laughed until
I realized that it may well be a parable
of what our Christianity is like! We are
relying on the know-how of others instead
of having our own personal familiarity!
A mystic defined Christianity as a kiss of
Jesus Christ. It is a living experience of
friendship and intimacy with Someone with
a capital S. Have I ever been given this
kiss? Because the truth is that one cannot
explain a kiss. One cannot transmit a kiss
through someone else. Either you have it
or you do not have it!
I was deeply touched with the story of Lydia,
who when she went to school would rather
oddly keep her left hand closed. Obviously
her companions made fun of her. But she did
not care less. Neither did the teacher give
it much importance. But at a certain moment
everyone became curious and rather suspicious.
The teacher decided to take action and demanded
that the pupil opens her hand.
The girl resisted at first but finally she
had to disclose her secret. She opened her
hands…and to the surprise of everyone, there
was nothing particular in her hands. They
"So why do you always keep your hand
closed?" asked the teacher. In all sincerity
the girl replied, "Miss, before I leave
home every day, my mother gives me a big
kiss in my hand. I don't open it so that
I can preserve this kiss. I do not want it
to vanish in thin air. It is a constant reminder
of my mother and her love for me!"
We also need to find ways and means not to
let the kiss of Jesus Christ vanish from
our personal consciousness.
"I am happy… in the immeasurable joy
that He is God," Charles de Foucald
used to say. And when he was asked why, he
replied: "According to me everything
is contained in the conviction that God is
Let Him kiss you! And make sure this
becomes an enduring experience.
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