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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2018
(Part 46)

GREATNESS IN THE EUCHARIST


March 29, 2018

Today’s readings:
Psalm 116:12-18
1 Corinthians 11:23-26


God is great, and we are to be great according to His design as we become like Him. God also did great works, and we are destined to do great works according to His intent. How does greatness in Christ happen?

First, we must know who God is and what He has done for us, and correspondingly strive to be the people God wants us to be and do the works He wants us to do. Jesus set us free from the dominion of the evil one, and we now belong to him. “Lord, I am your servant, …. you have loosed my bonds.” (Ps 116:16). We must be grateful and appreciate the privilege of being instruments for His works. We must desire to be used by Him. “How can I repay the Lord for all the great good done for me?” (Ps 116:12).

Second, to accomplish the above, we must strive to be holy warriors. We must be holy as God is holy, and we must be instruments of salvation by doing mission. Our focus must be on Christ and proclaiming the name that is above every name. “I will raise the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.” (Ps 116:13). As Christians we have a covenant with God. A major element of this is proclaiming his salvation to all peoples to the ends of the earth. “I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” (Ps 116:14).

Third, as holiness and mission are very challenging calls, we need strength that is beyond ourselves. We do have prayer, the Bible, Christian fellowship, but most important is the grace from God and the power of the Spirit. These we receive through the sacraments, and in particular, through the Eucharist. Celebrating the Eucharist is commemorating the death of the Lord by which Jesus brought us salvation, prods us to do mission as we are told to “go,” and keeps our eyes fixed on the glory of his return. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.” (1 Cor 11:26). We must always be cognizant of the past (salvation on the cross), the present (the call to holiness and mission), and the future (the second coming of Jesus). The Eucharist does this for us.

Through the words of consecration, we are reminded that we live for Christ and for others. “This is my body that is for you.” (1 Cor 11:24b). This keeps us from the culture of the world that says, “This is my body and I can do anything I want with it” (especially by feminists committing abortion). Our bodies belong to God and are to be expended for Him and His work. Further, we are reminded of the new covenant sealed by the blood Jesus shed for us on the cross. “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.” (1 Cor 11:25b). Holy warriors are to give their all, even to shedding their blood for the cause of Christ. And if it entails dying for Christ, then that is the ultimate glory. “Dear in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his devoted.” (Ps 116:15).

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