This blog deals with issues pertaining to natural dignity and worth that all humanity deserves under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. You will find articles about Life issues pertinent to Christian living and faith.
“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup
Monday, October 17, 2016
THE BLESSED SACRAMENT GIVES A FORETASTE OF FUTURE GLORY
At the conclusion of his brilliant essay, The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Next
to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented
to your senses.” Lewis was right: The holy
Eucharist bears the body of Christ and your neighbour bears the image of God.
Your neighbor may not behave in ways that show the
sacredness within him or recognize the Blessed Sacrament for what it is but
that does not alter the truth that C.S. Lewis stated with the penetrating precision
of a surgeon’s scalpel.
The most ordinary people in the world are not
ordinary. The image of God put within each person makes them special in the
eyes of God – and that is how we should see them too. God’s love extends to
every human life beginning at conception and that divine love continues to burn
bright regardless of the person’s state or stage in the life spectrum, and
beyond. God wants every human life to spend eternity with Him. He made
provision for that through his only Son.
It is this knowledge of God’s love that has
sustained me throughout more than thirty years of chronic and degenerative disease. Even
when I doubted my own value, God did not. Even in my darkest days God’s love for
me burned bright. Just knowing this was
enough. To receive the body of Christ under the species of the bread was a
comfort beyond description. There were
times during vicious attacks of multiple sclerosis, when my body seemed little
more than a carcass ― my Saviour gave me His body in the Most Blessed
Sacrament. It was (and is) enough.
Pope Benedict XVI said "The celebration and worship of the Eucharist enable us
to draw near to God's love and to persevere in that love." (Sacramentum
Caritatis" ("The Sacrament of Charity")). I have experienced
the truth of the Pope’s exhortation even at my lowest and sickest points.
As far as the second “holiest object presented to
your senses” that Lewis mentioned, this is why I have dedicated much of my
adult life to the pro-Life cause. Since my early life I was taught that human
life is sacred; there are ways it should be treated and ways it must not be
treated. One person’s advantage must not be gained on the back of another, and
killing is the worst assault against human dignity.
I believe in the interdependence of the human family
more than independence of individuals. I
believe in community not unfettered personal autonomy and my Catholic faith
supports this conviction. The pages of the Catechism
of the Catholic Church declare the Glory of God for his Church, our faith
in Jesus Christ that has come to us down through the centuries and the
Apostolic traditions all proclaim and the innate dignity of each human being.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been charged
with task of taking our Christian hope to a lost and hurting world. Never
underestimate the gospel of love. It was love that ultimately drew me to the
Catholic Church. The perfect love of Christ is unlike any other love we
encounter in our world. Jesus told his followers, “My command is this: Love
each other as I have loved you.” (John 15.12)
The way we love one another with a Christ-like love
starts by meeting people at their need or actively supporting those who do. We must meet lost and hurting people, in a
spirit of love and gentleness, remembering always that Jesus came, suffered and
died for them too. Many people have
never known true love and Christ is the source of love.
It does not matter to
our outreach that they may not yet be able to receive Christ’s love. Those who
seriously seek God will find him. Our Lord said, “Everyone who asks, receives;
all who seek, find; and the door is opened to everyone who knocks.” (Luke
11.10). As their fledgling faith grows they will be able to receive more of
Christ’s perfect and divine love. It is that way for us all.
I am increasingly
convinced that only when we who are followers of Christ enter eternity and
stand face to face with Him, we will know as we are known. Only then will we finally
be able to accept the completeness of love that Christ wanted to give to us our
The Blessed Sacrament
is a foretaste of that glory of Christ in his Father’s Kingdom to which he
referred at the Last Supper. Everything will be holy.