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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Your Emptiness will be Satisfied

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

All of the Christian rites and Sacraments use humble elements such as bread, wine and oil. These humble elements point to the profound humility, poverty and holiness of Christ Jesus.

We pray ...
Lord Jesus, through your humility exemplified in a manger and on the cross you revealed yourself as poor though rich. Lord you did not show us yourself as high and mighty, but as a servant. Lord, you continuously reveal yourself in the humble elements of the waters of Baptism, the bread and the wine of the Eucharist and the oil of Confirmation and Anointing of the Sick.

We reflect ...
Humility and humble elements do not make much sense to those who in their arrogance crave things of the world, riches and goods. The noisy lusts of the world deafen the soul. Our spirit hungers and it receives no relief. Many try to flee death in their arrogance by acquiring more things, by excessive work, shopping, sports and other addictions. However, these pursuits keep them from the humble knowledge of the Lord and His Sacraments. For the sick, the crushed and the poor, their humility allows them to readily welcome Christ into their lives. Their emptiness and need will be nourished and satisfied in the most humble elements of the Sacraments. These modest elements spell loss for those who are not being saved, but they are amazingly recognized by those who depend on them for eternal life.


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