Oh Lord, purify me, make me a chalice in which you dwell, offer your sacrifice in me and spread your love through me. Let me shine like gold, adorn me with the jewels of virtue that I may always be open to you. Fill me. Overflow me. Let me be like that most perfect vessel, the Singular Vessel of Devotion, She to whom I cry for protection against the Evil One. I ask this for your glory, for the vessel is nothing without the sustenance inside, the cup nothing unless it is filled. Oh Lord, purify me.

Give me a word, Abba

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

All to all

Jesus Christ, the God-man, is present in all things, which is not to say that all things are Christ. All things are reflections of the revelation of God Who is the Word-made-Flesh. All things point to some divine reality, but it is only because He is the fullness of reality. Jesus Christ is the healer, the teacher, the king, the priest. He is an architect, a painter, a writer, a scholar, a scientist, a philosopher, a mathematician. He, in fact, whatever anyone and everyone needs. He is all to all.

He draws people to Himself so that they might be more like Him and that they might reject sin. He is a king, but He is a poor king born in a stable. The poor can come to Him and be one with Him; the rich are also called. He calls them to be rich like He is rich, poor like he is poor. If someone is seeking a king, He fulfills that desire. If someone is seeking a barefoot pilgrim, there He is too. If we fail to see Him as the proper object of our adoration, affection, and desire, it is because we do not recognize the inifinite-faceted nature of His divinity.

If we seek nourishment, He is bread and wine. If we seek intellectual stimulation, He is the Logos, the reason and logic behind all inquiry. If we desire to enact good in the world, He is the all-powerful source of good who wishes good on all of creation more than we do ourselves. If we are disposed to accept a glorious God, He is a glorious God. If we, however, are searching for a humble God, we will find Him humble. He is King and Servant, Father and Brother, Counselor, Friend. He is all to all.

But He will not manifest Himself merely based on our outward desires. We often do not understand our own needs and the true desires of our hearts. True, He is also the fulfillment of our outward desires for friend, ruler, or beautiful sensation, but more importantly he addresses our true needs. And this can often look like He cares not a jot for our desires.

We may say, "Oh, Lord, show us your majesty and we will believe!" but He merely appears to be a beggar on the street. We may say, "Oh, Lord, show me your presence in the poor!" but are greeted instead by the finery of the liturgy. We may say, "Oh, Lord, show the Logic of the Gospel and I will believe!" and He may say, "This is My Body." We may say, "Lord, if you truly care about us, we would live in a Christian state where our beliefs are respected and the common good is promoted!" but instead, He appears as one crucified and asks us to follow Him.

His Divine nature is hidden to us here on earth. We are not privy to His glory as the apostles were on Mount Tabor. We must have faith in His infinite goodness, knowledge, power, and love. If we do, we will be able to glimpse His working in our lives and by drawing closer to Him, allowing our desires to be fulfilled.

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