Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giving Thanks

That's the meaning of Eucharist - Thanksgiving. Isn't it appropriate? God in his amazing mercy pours out his blessings upon us day in and day out. And when we come to Mass, he gives us himself.
St. Francis wrote in a letter to his friars:

O humble sublimity! O sublime humility! that the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under a morsel of bread. Consider, brothers, the humility of God and "pour out your hearts before Him, and be ye humbled that ye may be exalted by Him." Do not therefore keep back anything for yourselves that He may receive you entirely who gives Himself up entirely to you.
We surely have reason to give thanks with a profound gratitude to such a God. He loves us! Such an awesome thought!

And in the call to the consecrated life, he invites us to take up a life that gives everything back to him.
He chooses us. Now, to stop and ponder the wonder of that - the Lord of the Universe, God and very God, chooses human beings to become his particular followers. And not just any human beings - "This one, here," he says. "I pick her" (or him).

Let us praise our God, my sisters and my brothers, that he would do this thing. And give him glory with our lives.

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