In the past century or so, there have been a number of apparitions of Jesus or Mary, and they always give us instruction on prayer.
There’s a recurring theme in a number of these prayers, and it goes something like this: “My God, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ…” Then, that’s usually followed by in reparation or in atonement for the sins against Him.
That first part has always baffled me – who am I to offer up Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity? That doesn’t seem to be a gift that I can give or that I am able to give.
But, we must remember a very simple and humbling truth – we are nothing. Our very creation and our existence is because of God. If he didn’t will it, we would fall back into nothingness. And, when we remember how we can do nothing on our own, that we are fully dependent on Him, we realize – everything we have is a gift given to us. Our bodies, our souls, our homes, our families, our work, our health, our faith, the very life within us – are all gifts. And, as followers of Christ, we are called to offer those back to God. Giving all that we have for the glory of God.
But none of these gifts come close to the greatest gift we have ever received: Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. What can we do with the greatest gift ever given? We can give it back.
And, we give it back – not in a ‘I don’t want this, or need this, or I already have one’ kind of way, but in a ‘God, this is all, this is everything, there is nothing more I can offer.’
It is only by God’s goodness that we receive such a gift, and are able to give it.
Be the Men,