S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Fix our gaze on Jesus

The Second Reading in today's Liturgy from the Letter to the Hebrews exhorts us to fix our eyes on Jesus:
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." (Hebrews 12:2)

I personally think that this line is very apt for us, men and women of the present generation. Many times our "eyes" are fixed on many things, on worthless things, on passing things -- wealth, honor, prestige, success, sensual pleasure, worthless relationships, etc... We think that these apparent treasures set before us give us meaning and joyful existence. But as we perfectly know, they do not. The more we have these things, the more we focus our eyes on them, the more meaningless and direction-less our lives will be.

So then, as we approach the table of the Lord this Sunday, let us beg Him to grant us this sole grace, that we may fix our eyes on Him, for our meaning, our joy, our very existence will find its perfection in Him. And in the end, having lived a life of constant contemplation on the Lord, we shall become like Him -- our ways of thinking, living, loving... will be conformed to His. Amen.


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