Sharing Christ’s Divinity
The love with which God commands us to love in Sunday’s Gospel reading is so radical, so counter-intuitive, so demanding that we cannot truly love without God’s grace. The sacraments are the source of the graces that we need to follow God’s Commandments. For, in each of the sacraments, but in the Eucharist par excellence, we receive God Himself.
During every celebration of the Holy Mass, the priest inaudibly prays, “By the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity.” Every time we receive the Blessed Sacrament in a state of grace, we—in the words of St. Augustine—”become what we receive.” In other words, we are gradually transformed into as if Christ, we participate in His divinity, and we are bestowed with the grace and the ability to love heroically as He Loves.
I would like to invite each of you to approach the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the awareness that we as Catholics believe that we receive the actual Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. (See Bishop Robert Barron’s True Presence video HERE)
I would like to invite you to prepare yourselves to receive the Eucharist worthily by making sure that you have made a good confession and are in a state of grace before every reception; for, only then will God be able to give you the graces you need to be holy, to be and love like Him in both His divinity and His humanity.
Yours in Christ,
Readings for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Lectionary 79Tags: #arthurmarat, #conscience, #fatherarthur, #fatherarthurmarat, #olwparish, #reflection