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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Thought for the day

Let me see if I can get this right:

The Blessed Sacrament is the Eternal Son.

The Blessed Sacrament is God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God. The Blessed Sacrament is begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father.

Everything that is substantially true of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity is substantially true of the Blessed Sacrament. Everything that is substantially true of the Blessed Sacrament is substantially true of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.

The Blessed Sacrament is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity as He is when He enters into sacramental being, a use of language to approach a mystery in much the same way we might say that Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity as He is when He enters into incarnate being. In each case, it's the same Person, and all of the same Person. As the Eternal Son entered into incarnate being in order to save us, so He enters into sacramental being in order to divinize us, to perfect our union with Him as children and co-heirs of the Eternal Father.

Jesus is not slumming in the tabernacle, any more than He was slumming in Nazareth. He did not, and He does not, take a break from receiving the whole of the Father and returning the whole of Himself in the spiration of the Holy Spirit. That one perfect, eternal act is what He did in Nazareth, and on Golgotha, and this morning on the altar in your parish church.

You and I, thanks be to God, are part of the exchange between Father and Son.

I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.
We aren't saved by any act other than the Son's eternal act. The act that saves us is the act that creates us (can I say that?), and the act that we are to join in for eternity. It only gets confusing when it gets expressed in the grammar available in this cramped little cosmos, and perceived by our adorably tiny brains.

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