Thursday, March 10, 2011
No matter what kind of penance we are doing throughout Lent, it involves the gift of self.
The value -- the effectiveness -- of our penance to help us to reform our lives, is in direct proportion to the amount of self we are giving.
You see, you and I possess a limited amount of self. It is a treasure. Your self is hard to give away — at any price.
To do penance during Lent involves giving away bits and pieces of our self, as gifts to God and to others. That gift of self means quite a lot to the ones we offer it to!
By willingly and generously giving those bits and pieces of our self now, we makes ourselves ready for the day when God Our Father will ask us to give Him the total gift of our self — to surrender all of our self to Him — at the moment of our death.
Our Lord Jesus gave all of His Self to God His Father — and did it for us! Look at the powerful results: life forever!
He gives us Himself on a daily basis -- gives us His Body and Blood, in the Holy Eucharist.
The effectiveness of the Holy Eucharist in our lives will be parallel the amount of self we are offering to Christ.