We re-new [make “new” again] our minds by letting go of our will (desire) which is what governs and directs our “attention” (which is what gives the mind its “character”), and with an attitude of repentance, humility and meekness, we then seek to embrace the Will of God as our first love (desire), which will supplant our “ego-based desire” in governing and directing our attention, allowing us by the grace of God to perceive the inspirations of the Holy Spirit within our hearts, as Jesus promised:
“He [the Holy Spirit] will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” [John 1614].
Putting on the mind of Christ – renewing our mind – is a work of the Spirit, with our part being to make a sincere act of surrender to God, trusting in the promises of Jesus and the power of God.
It is that simple effort to turn our attention from the darkness of the carnal material and temporal world to the spiritual and eternal kingdom of God, where we are able to see and receive (as pure gift) the MIND of Christ, that is met with God’s love and great generosity toward us, undeserving as we are.
Having the mind of Christ means we “think” always as he does – to act in all things at all times with love and mercy. We really don’t “put on” anything, but rather, “take off” what we clothed ourselves in to our great detriment, which then makes room for the transformative work of God as He drapes us with the Divine cloak of His Holy Spirit within us!
From today’s Gospel:
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.”
The transformation of mind is a spiritual renewal where we shift the focus of what we consider good and moral from simply the temporal realm of transitory action to the eternal realm of ideas and intentions, where the perfection of God dwells eternally.
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” [1 Corinthians 2:14-16].