"Ours is the spirit of the Eucharist- the total gift of self."
(St. Katharine Drexel)In the Sacrament of Divine Love, Our Lord provides a daily reminder of the self-emptying love of the Cross: "This is my body which will be given up for you." Christ not only desires men to partake of the heavenly banquet He so generously offers daily at Holy Mass but also summons His disciples to discover the truth about love contained in the sacrifice of the altar: the total gift of self.
The Eucharist is not a saccharine symbol but is the actual flesh and blood of Christ Himself. So, too, the gift of self cannot be some charming notion bereft of tangible realities. The great commandment that Christ gave at the Last Supper-"To love one another as I have loved you"- demands not just spiritual assent but bodily as well. We are called to give our bodies in every act of sacrifice.
One gives his tired eyes, staring at the screen to make a deadline, to keep his job and provide for his family. Another gives his ears to patiently listen to the endless questions of a curious toddler. Perhaps another gives her tongue to converse though she wishes to be silent, or to be silent when she wishes to criticize or complain. Still another gives her hands to clean and keep a welcoming home. Or it could be that one gives his smile, relinquishing his preference in trivial matters.
The complete and total surrender of our will is the invitation that Our Lord asks of us. Sacrifices will often go unnoticed, deeds will rarely be praised; one must be content to remain hidden as He does in the Sacrament of Love.