John Lennon’s famous nonsense song I Am the Walrus begins with, “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.” Substitute the word Christ for ‘he’ and you get, “I am Christ as you are Christ as you are me and we are all together.” Together we are Christians.
See that in Lennon’s own trippy way he is saying something similar to what Jesus said in John the Evangelist’s Gospel, “I revealed your name to those you gave me… they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.” Jesus revealed his name, ‘I AM,’ to those who are his own. We are God’s own. Christ is God’s. We are Christ’s own and God’s own. And we are all together!
Together we glorify God by being Christ to one another. We open our hearts to share our hopes and dreams; we reach out. Yet, how can we glorify God with our imperfect loving? We come in all shapes and sizes, colors and ages, backgrounds, foibles, capabilities. Together we share in common God’s unconditional love.
Despite our lack of (fill in the blank), we are called to be Christ’s love. St. Peter encourages us, “Rejoice to share in the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ.” Jesus loved all of us from the cross that we may have eternal life. Whatever our sufferings may be, we too can offer love for the salvation of our sisters and brothers in Christ. Together we are called to share this Christ-love with one another for the glory of the name.
Rejoice! Together we are I Am.