Sunday, October 30, 2011

Not For Myself Alone

What a tremendous thing is the Eucharistic liturgy. The whole of creation is brought to the worship of God in the offering of Jesus Himself, through the ministry of His priests. We are truly blessed to bring ourselves and our lives to offer in union with the Heart of Jesus on Sunday–that special day dedicated to Divine worship. Yet there are so many places, and so many hearts, in which Sunday means nothing. And there are places too where Christians long to participate in the Eucharist, but are prevented by persecution.

I must have a special attention and gratitude for what is being given to me in the Mass. I have to be aware that it is not a personal "religious thing" just for me. It is a gift, and the gift is Love, which cannot be "kept" for myself alone but must be given and given. I am not at Mass for myself alone. I am there for the salvation of the world, to be an instrument of Christ's love for the world and for every one of the billions of human persons who will not be at Mass, who do not know Him or do not understand Him, or who must suffer because of their circumstances.

1 comment:

anon said...

John, this is beautiful. Thank you for the reflection.

You are a gift :)

You are also in our prayers. We have a son, also a teacher, who struggles with a degree of the types of challenges you do. And, like you, he is brilliant and appears to have almost mystical insight into the glory of God -

even on the days when the sun does not shine.

Continue to believe in the immense love of the Father who formed you for this time, this family, this life. In you, he has created a most beautiful child.

Peace be to you (the peace which surpasses all understanding - and still guards you heart and mind).