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The Most Profound Love of God

Mass readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/032824-Supper.cfm

Lent has been a time of entering another season of surrender and waiting for me, as I ask God if I am living according to the purpose He has for me in this stage of life. I find myself evaluating whether I am truly living life to its fullest potential, stewarding the time, talents, and treasures that God has given me. Am I living virtuously, honoring and loving my husband well, and fulfilling my vocation as a wife, daughter, sister, and friend? Am I doing all that I can with each moment I am given and following the path of Christ, the path of holiness?

During mass a few weeks ago, I found myself gazing at the crucifix, asking Jesus what it meant to live a life filled with purpose. In that moment, Jesus drew me to His outstretched arms, pierced hands and feet, thorn-crowned head, pierced side, and the wooden cross, and He showed me that this is what purpose looks like: a complete and total gift to us, his beloved. Jesus gave everything, from the beginning of his earthly life to the very end, demonstrating that His love knows no bounds. I find that the line in the gospel reading for this Holy Thursday sums it up well: 

He loved his own in the world, and he loved them to the end.

John 13:1

Today, we encounter the profound mystery of God’s love in the institution of the Eucharist and the washing of the disciples’ feet. We are called to remember that Jesus, in His humility, came down to our level as a servant to meet us in our humanity and brokenness, loving us where we are. He then selflessly gave his body and blood to us as a living sacrifice, saying, “This is for you.”

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

1 Corinthians 11:23-25

Reflecting on the words from Corinthians, we are invited to partake in the Holy Mass, uniting ourselves with Christ in receiving Him totally and completely. The Eucharist, as seen in miracles like that of Lanciano, Italy, reveals Christ’s true presence. It was proven scientifically that the host not only transformed into living flesh and blood but also into a full structure of a human heart. As the bread and wine are transubstantiated into flesh and blood, we are reminded tangibly of Jesus’ offering of His heart to us at every mass. Just as the heart and circulatory system are essential for human life, Christ intentionally chose to give His body and blood as the true source of life for all.

As Jesus is called the Way, the Truth, and the Life, I am reminded that life will only have true meaning and purpose in Christ and in becoming a gift to others as He was to us. The completion of a true gift lies in both giving and receiving. I came to understand that the fulfillment of purpose is in self-gift, a selfless act of love, which is what the Trinity represents—offering love in fullness to the other and becoming one. We are called to live not for ourselves but for God, to be in complete and total abiding relationship with Him. This profound realization renewed my experience of receiving the Eucharist, where Christ comes in the form of food so we can become one with Him.

​​Holy Communion, because by this sacrament we unite ourselves to Christ, who makes us sharers in his Body and Blood to form a single body.

CCC 1331

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.

John 6:56

In the knowledge of this beautiful union with Christ, I was overwhelmed and deeply moved that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, in His infinite love, willingly offers His entire being so humbly for me. I couldn’t help but weep in consuming Jesus. The answer to my deepest questions is in that small host and chalice. His sacrifice, through the offering of His body, blood, soul, and divinity, serves as a transformative gift, nourishing our spiritual body and soul, filling us with eternal life. Nothing Christ lived for and gave to us was wasted; everything Christ demonstrated to us—His life, suffering, and death—was offered for a glorious purpose. One would only be willing to go to such extents to give up their life for those they truly love.

As we enter the Easter Triduum together, I pray that we continue to recognize within our hearts the beautiful, immeasurable love that only God can give. May this love transform us anew and renew our purpose in life: to love and be loved by God, and to be a gift to others.


Reference: 

https://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/mir/lanciano.html


Roxsan de Vera is a wife, a Catholic Life Coach, and the owner of Meek and Humble. She is a graduate of the Encounter School of Ministries and has received training from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute and the Human Formation Coalition. Roxsan loves expressing her creativity, whether through writing, crafting, digital art, enjoying nature, or organizing. Her personal vocation is to share her walk with Christ and draw out God’s truth, beauty, and goodness in others, helping them become who they are meant to be.

Connect with me on IG via @meekandhumblecatholic or website meekandhumble.com

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