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"A New Season"

"Relationship" (Relational Love: part 14)

          At the Annunciation Jesus "espoused" the cross to himself. He embraced fully with his heart this "wood of the Father's will" for him for the life of the world. The cross and the Eucharist are one and the same mystery. Both the cross and the Eucharist are the heart of the world (see JPII, "Ecclesia de Eucharistia", pp. 73-74). Where the cross and Eucharist are, an intercessor must be found as well. United with the Lamb an intercessor stands at the heart of the world and must remain there with an interior posture of relational love: A fervent Love of the Father and a tender Love for the world that the Father so loves.

          In every Roman Catholic mass, the world is mystically drawn into the heart of the Eucharist as the Lamb "unites [the members of his Mystical Body] with his passion and death for the ongoing redemption of the world" (see 2018 Workbook for Lectors, p. 194). This mystical participation with the Lamb is not because of any merit of ours; rather, it is "the gift of God" (Eph. 2:8). Jesus reminds us, "When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself" (John 12:32). In every Eucharist, we are "lifted up" with the Lamb as we are offered with him, and "our redemption is accomplished" (Roman Missal, 2nd Sunday of ordinary time, p. 316). Every Roman Catholic Eucharist makes present God's saving love for all of humanity, and calls us to re-commit ourselves to the Father's will for the world: "Who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:4).  Yes, part of this truth is that "all have sinned" (Rom. 3:23), and "The LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all" (Is. 53:6). But the truth is also that the Father so loves each human being with a tender love and sees each one of us as precious.

          In every Eucharist we the members of his Mystical Body join the Lamb in "the sanctuary of solidarity" and are united with him on the "altar of universal empathy" for humanity. The Blood of Jesus that sealed the New Covenant unites us to the altar as our lives are offered in union with him for the world: "And the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world" (John 6:51). The relational love that an intercessor is called to is rooted and grounded in the reality of the Incarnation and the Eucharist.  

Questions:

1)   Am I standing at the "heart of the world" in compassionate love, or in fear, or in criticism of others?

2)   Are empathy and solidarity rooted firmly in my heart?

Scriptures:

Any scripture from the text; Is. 25:7-8; John 1:29; 1 Tim. 1:15; 2 Pet. 3:9

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