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By Deacon F.K. Bartels, 4/17/2014, Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
We must, ultimately, find that Jesus' words have become the substance of our own heart and the meaning of our own life: We thirst to love, in Him, unto to the end.
The obvious question is, will we ever fully understand what our Savior has accomplished? Perhaps not. One the other hand, it is certain that the path to understanding is experience: it is human life lived; it is the gift of self; it is sacrifice for love. We must fully live this experience, this life God has given us, with real purpose and authenticity, with true sincerity and with meaning of lasting depth, moving from our point of beginning to the goal and destiny that lies ahead. But what kind of life is this to be? How is it to be lived? What is the key principle in this life?
The answer is found in Jesus Christ himself. \"In reality it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear\" (Gaudium et Spes 22 § 1). Jesus Christ, as God-made-man, is the definitive answer to every pressing human question. The supreme, perfect model of humanity is Jesus the Christ; the pattern we are to emulate is the divine and human Jesus.
We must enter into the life of Christ, as fully and completely as is possible. That is not something accomplished from outside, looking in from a distance, as if mere observation or comfortable and calculated analysis will suffice. It is something we must do for real, now, totally -- it is to be a first-hand and profoundly intimate experience. It can become such a reality by grace.
Such a life is only made possible by our coming to the feet of Jesus in humility and placing ourselves before his infinite mercy, perhaps with copious tears, overcome entirely with a singular thirst to be one with him. Then we will begin to see; then the foggy mists of uncertainty will give way to the brilliant, sublime light of clarity. God will kiss us with his divine secrets.
Jesus Christ has loved us to the very end. There is great spiritual profit to be found in meditating on those words. They might give the impression that Christ has loved us, and now that he has done that, it is over. But it is not over. It is not simply that Christ has loved; it is that he continually, constantly and permanently loves. He also loves in us and through us.
Jesus loves because He Is Love. Jesus heals, because he is the Love Who Heals. He gives himself to us because his love is infinite, and infinite love must by definition overflow all boundaries: it is uncontainable, limitless, fiery and burning and all-encompassing and transforming. No one touched by the love of Christ is ever the same. It changes you. Forever. The Last Supper, his gift of himself, the removal of his garments and the washing of his disciples\' feet, loving to the end, it continues on because Jesus Christ transcends time and space.
It is astonishingly beautiful. Think of how Jesus loved us to the end in his gift of the Eucharist.
Let us pray:
O God, who have called us to participate in this most sacred Supper, in which your Only Begotten Son, when about to hand himself over to death, entrusted to the Church a sacrifice new for all eternity, the banquet of his love, grant, we pray, that we may draw from so great a mystery, the fullness of charity and of life.-(Collect, Thursday of the Lord\'s Supper, At the Evening Mass)Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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Mary went to the tomb “early in the morning while it was still dark.” When she arrived, she saw the stone rolled back and nothing but emptiness, no doubt reinforcing the darkness of sadness and loss in her heart. It would take an encounter with the risen One for her and the other disciples to understand that Jesus had risen. And then their darkness would give way to glory, to light, to Life, to believing, to unmitigated joy. Emptiness would become fullness. He has risen!-Living Liturgy™, Easter Sunday 2014
I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.
O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014
God indeed is my salvation; I am confident and
unafraid. For the LORD is my strength
and my might, and he has been my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the fountains of salvation, And you will say on that day: give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name; Among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted
is his name.-Isaiah 12:2-4,usccb.org
For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become
the righteousness of God in him.-2 Corinthians 5:21,usccb.org
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words.-1 Thessalonians 4:14,usccb.org
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Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
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Saturday 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday before every First Friday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment
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