Friday, July 15, 2011

Gratitude that is Real, Consistent, and the Flows from the Heart of Christ

God the Father is a burst of Joyful Generosity, for he eternally brings forth the Son and Holy Spirit. God the Son is a burst of Joyful Gratitude, for he eternally receives his being from the Father and gives him thanks in the gift of the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit is a burst of Joyful Love, for he eternally is the very Love between the Father and the Son.

Since we have been baptized into the eternal Love of the Son, the greatest, most fruitful, most healthy and rewarding disposition of the Christian is one of gratitude. To be a disciple of Chist is to be grateful, or to enter into that eternal thanksgiving of Jesus Christ to the Living Abba and Father for all creation, all people, for every moment of human history, especially for the life that we live here and now.

The Most Holy Eucharist is the place where we enter into this gratitude, par excellence. For it the Eucharist itself means in Greek, Thanksgiving (from εὐχαριστία or eucharistia), which is to present to the Father the thanksgiving of Christ crucified and risen present in our burning hearts as we hear the living Word of God proclaimed to us and receive the undeserved gift of his most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the Holy Eucharist.

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