As I pray for all Christians to humbly and respectfully witness to Christ’s self-sacrificing love for each and every human, I meditate upon His perpetual gift to us: the Eucharist. Through the Most Blessed Sacrament, we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ beneath the sacramental veil of mystery. That I should be entrusted with such a gift ….. The humility of God is overwhelming. What the All-Powerful is willing to sacrifice for us, to surrender into our hands and hearts is beyond comprehension — the awful beauty of profound love. God loves us this much: to become one of us, to die for us, to even become food for us … to be with us always.
The words of St. Francis of Assisi come to mind: “Hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves, so that He who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally.”
And so I ask myself, “Do I love as God loves?”
Am I giving my whole self to Christ?
Or am I holding back something, some part of myself or my life, for my own pleasure, comfort, prestige, desire?
What I think I need to hold onto in order to be joyful may be exactly what I need to let go of in order to let God reign in me and through me. My joy is only in truth and divine love. Jesus, fully human, dreaded crucifixion and begged for another way, but chose divine will, chose truth and love. When I struggle to give myself completely to Christ in His Sacred Heart, may I remember this: He is suffering with me in fearful sorrow, and I will be raised up with Him to mysterious joy — both now and forever.
Lord, help me to trust in You and surrender to You … to give to You all of myself and let You love me completely.
© 2020 Christina Chase
In the summer of 2020, I’m praying to the Sacred Heart of Jesus that God’s love for every human being — in every stage of development, age, appearance, disposition, and walk of life — will be upheld on social media through the humility and loving respect of true Christian witness. This series of posts begins with Cut to the Heart.
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Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog, and I've written a book titled It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.