Monday, October 10, 2011

Entering the humility of God

"The Most Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament of the Divine Humility.
Those who partake of It worthily enter into the humility of God,for one cannot eat the Bread of the Humble and remain proud. ...
Worldly arrogance scoffs at the folly of a God
hidden under the appearance of a little bread
and put away in a box;
but this Mystery follows and completes
the disconcerting logic of God who hides Himself in a Virgin's womb,
becoming a man like unto other men in all things, save sin. ...
The Eucharistic Face of Jesus, His Hidden Face,
is revealed only to those who themselves risk being hidden,
as the psalm says:
"Thou shalt hide them in the secret of Thy Face,
from the disturbance of men,
Thou shalt protect them in Thy tabernacle
from the strife of tongues"
(Psalm 30:20).
The last place at the banquet is elusive;
he who thinks he has found it may be surprised to discover
that Another has taken a still lower place before him.
No matter how low we think we have placed ourselves,
no matter how little we think we have made ourselves,
no matter how diligently we think we have sought the last place of all,
no matter how completely we imagine ourselves to be
buried in silence,
there is Another, the Other, who has forever laid claim to the lowest place,
who, though He be the infinite God, Creator of all things visible and invisible, has made Himself littler than a crumb of bread. ...
... humility belongs to God alone who made it His own in the mystery of the Incarnation, and who continues to make it His own so often as the mystic words are uttered by a priest over a little bread and a little wine mixed with water:  "This is My Body. This is the chalice of My Blood." Here is the Mysterium Fidei: the Eucharistic Humility of God.
Eat the Body of Christ, and digest the Divine Humility.
Drink the Blood of Christ;
it is the elixir of those who would hide themselves with Christ in God.
Since the event of the Incarnation
--the descent of God into the Virgin's womb,
in view of His descent into death's dark tomb--
and so often as Holy Mass is celebrated
--the descent of God into the frail appearance of Bread
and into the taste and fragrance and wetness
of a few drops of wine--
humility can be found nowhere else.
The very least and last of the guests has become The Host,
and The Host has made Himself the very least and last of the guests.
Tremble, then, to adore Him,
and having adored Him, receive Him,
that your soul may become the throne of the Humble Hidden God,
and His humility your most cherished treasure. "

Excerpts by Fr Mark Kirby, OSB, Vultus Christi blog                                
Full text: (Post - October 2, 2011)

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