Thursday, June 7, 2012
It's a gift.
It's a grace from God, who is Father.
Consecration is a return of our whole life to God, who has created, redeemed - and is working to sanctify us.
It is given for the life of others.
And it means giving everything.
I used to wonder at the radicality of it: Sell everything. ... If you do not hate your father and mother..., He who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is not worthy of me. ... He who is not for me is against me...
I don't wonder at it any more. We are playing for keeps - and the stakes are the world.
God wants us to be saints, not just nice people. He calls us to live wholly for love, wholly for others - to pray, to sacrifice, to work. ... for him ... for others. And that cannot be, unless we are radical.
That's the call to consecration.