What is your sacrifice, your oblation which is joined to that of Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Do you offer it?
I was inspired to consider this question. I have been wandering whether I am getting through to the Lord at Mass. Am I being heard? What should I be offering? What can I possibly offer here which is not already annihilated by Christ’s own inexhaustible Gift for the eternal salvation of our souls?
It came to me.
It’s not just our praise. Men brown-nose their bosses with praise daily. No, it is not simply praise since praise by itself is empty…empty of what it is the Lord is seeking.
What is the Lord our God seeking? He is seeking…
FAITH. He wants us to walk in to Him truly believing in our hearts that He is real and really loves us.
HOPE. He wants us to walk in to Him truly hoping in our hearts that He has a plan for us, a plan so wonderful and fulfilling that we would nearly die of joy if we knew it in its fullness now.
LOVE. He wants us to walk in to Him truly desiring to obey every one of His words, whether through Scripture or through Tradition, knowing that to obey Him is to do everything which is exactly right for each and every one of us. You know, the true obedience of love takes faith and hope.
SURSUM CORDA…ET GRATES. So, when we are at Mass, and you hear “Sursum corda!” or “Lift up your hearts!” then exclaim in your hearts, “I believe you! I hope in your plan! I desire to do whatever you say, Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Speak to me! Guide me! Be with me! Heal me! Refresh me in my suffering for you! I am yours and You are Mine! I am nothing without you. Thank you for what you are doing for me!”
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;
to those who go the right way
I will show the salvation of God. [Psalm 50:23]
SMILE. Because we are so tempted and injured and so stressed by the world, this is our sacrifice, a sacrifice of the spirit which enjoys in us and brings our bodies along with it in a great big smile. 🙂
This is all summed up in St. Paul’s exhortation,
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. [Romans 12:1-2]
And after our sacrifice to and with the Lord, in the Mass, a sacrifice of joy!
…This day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. [Nehemiah 8:10]
I love You my Lord. Why would I not? Thank You forever and ever. Amen.