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"ABNEGATION IS THE DONATION OF ONESELF FOR LOVE"
Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fr. Theodore Lange
August 26th, 2012
Year B

Joshua addressed all the people: "If it does not please you to serve the LORD,decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."But the people answered,"Far be it from us to forsake the LORD for the service of other gods.
For it was the LORD, our God, who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, out of a state of slavery. He performed those great miracles before our very eyes and protected us along our entire journey and among the peoples through whom we passed.

Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God." “Our struggles, unrest and anxieties are born from the multiplicity of our affections that make war among themselves in our heart. Thus, the first interior process that we must undertake to reach the perfection of love is to tear away from our hearts all that opposes love, all obstacles that block or destroy the simplicity of love in us. All other affections in the human heart need to be channeled and ordered towards the one and undivided love: love of God and our neighbor” .

“Love is the identity of the Christian who is authentic, and love is the force of all evangelization. In this historical moment the Holy Spirit desires to form great witnesses to love. This love includes the disposition to embrace great sacrifices, to take great risks and to fulfill God’s designs of love, designs that are only built upon renunciation and the generosity of donating one’s life so that others may have life” (Mother Adela: Encounter with the Eucharistic heart Forms Witnesses to Love”.
We come to the End of the Eucharistic discourse-
Last week:
Gnaw- Eat
Real flesh

John 6:62  What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?

  • Almost out of context- but we are in John’s Gospel: John 1:1, 14  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  14 And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth.

“Only the love of Christ is capable of overcoming sin, darkness, and death. Only love is capable of overcoming the culture of death and the selfishness of the modern world” (Mother).
He has loved us to the extreme of giving Himself freely for our salvation. He has stopped at nothing – to the point of giving us His Body, Blood, and His Heart on the Cross – and He continues to so in the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is the gift of His self-donation and of His sacrificial love for men. In the Last Supper, Jesus told His apostles and the entire Church until the end of time, “This is my Body…this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many” (Mt. 26:27-28). What abnegation, what generosity! Not only did He give His life, but He gave it voluntarily and freely because this is the mark of authentic love. “I lay down my life…No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own” (Jn.10:17-18).
The heart that forgets itself is abnegated love, which knows how to suffer for the beloved. St. Clare of Assisi said, “Love that does not know of suffering is not worthy of the name.” Every love must necessarily experience a tearing of the heart if it is authentic. Love involves the immolation of one’s desires, of one’s will; love involves renunciation, and that is why there is pain. Abnegation is the donation of oneself for love. St. Margaret tells us that Jesus revealed to her how, from the moment of the Incarnation, His Heart was marked by the Cross, saying, “Love and sacrifice were the reason of my Incarnation.”

 



Fr. Theodore Lange is a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.
He studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and was ordained a priest in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

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