There are three ways to look at these words: the heart of the message is “Christ.” The sweetness of the message is “Christ in you.” And the vision for the message is “the hope for glory”. When we dwell on Jesus, we can’t help but be led to the cross. Every time we celebrate Mass, we recall the sacrifice he has made for us. Every title we give to Jesus—Friend, Lord, Brother, and King—focuses on the self-giving love that he showed us on the cross.
“Christ in you” is a wonderful promise of the gospel. Christ in you is Christ leading, reigning over, and filling us. Paul speaks about this when he tells us to “be transformed” (Romans 12:2). The aim of Christ in us is to change the way we think and act. The more we tell Jesus, “I give you the freedom to work in me” the more we will find his power and his grace at work in us, making us more like him.
At some point, we will all face death. While for most of us, this will be a scary transition, but we must have faith. Jesus promised us a glorified world. At the Last Supper, he even prayed, “I have given them the glory you gave me” (John 17:22). This is why he came to us: to fill us with his grace and to transform us with his glory.
So when you go to Mass today, focus your heart on these words. Christ lives in you. He is in your heart, offering to fill you with his love and transform you by his grace. And this Christ has one central goal for everything he is doing: to bring you into his heavenly glory.