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.
I standing at the "heart of the world" in compassionate love, or in fear, or in
criticism of others?
empathy and solidarity rooted firmly in my heart?
Any scripture from the text; Is. 25:7-8; John 1:29; 1 Tim.
1:15; 2 Pet. 3:9
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