Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stripped of everything...

 "In His risen life on earth Christ often made Himself 
recognized only by the characteristic
of His unmistakable love
by showing His wounds, by His infinite courtesy,
by the breaking of bread.

He would not allow the sensible beauty
and dearness of His human personality,
His familiar appearance, to hide the essential Self
that He had come back to give.


Wholly consistent with this
is Christ's return to us in the Host.
We know that in it He is wholly present:
body, blood, soul, and divinity. 

But all this is hidden;
even His human appearance is hidden.
Because this is the way of absolute love, 
He insists on coming to us 
stripped of everything but Himself."

Caryll Houselander

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