Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Open wide the door...

 For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in His sight. ~ Ephesians 1:4
Artist:  William Holden Hunt
    "When He became man, Jesus bridged the gulf between heaven and earth, between the Father and us once and for all.  Henceforth He is with us in the sense that He belongs to us, is on our side.  'Emmanuel,' the God-who-has-come.

    Yet in the special manner of the mystery, the Lord spans that gulf anew every time His memorial is celebrated.  First, in the readings of the day, we receive word of Him.  Then the offerings are prepared and there is a pause.  Through the Consecration, He comes to us, the subject of an incomprehensibly dynamic memorial, and gives us His grace-abounding attention.  In Communion, He approaches each of us individually and says:  'Behold, I stand at the door and knock' (Rev 3:20). Insofar as the 'door' swings open in genuine faith and love, He enters and gives Himself to the believer for his own."

Romano Guardini
Preparing Yourself for the Mass (pg 176-7)

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