It’s the word we use and do every Sunday. It comes from the greek, Eucharistia, which translates to the giving of thanks for God’s grace. This is what we do every Sunday at the Holy Mass. But it is always the way we are to live: giving thanks to Almighty God! This weekend marked the 28 years of my parent’s love and commitment that brought me into the world.
“To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; to seek him, the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.” Saint Augustine
This weekend, I celebrated the gift of life with my family and friends both physically and spiritually present. To say that I am lucky would miss the mark. To be lucky, is to simply have the random chance of something good happening to a person. It is more than that for me. I consider myself deeply blessed for to be blessed is to be favored by God. God has reminded me of all the countless graces he has made incarnate in my life through the faces of his beloved children. He has reminded me that he walks with me through the love of the other.
This weekend has reminded me that when we serve the other, when we love the other, we live out Christ’s great commission. We live out the great purpose of caritas. And it is in that loving that we fall in love with God and stay in love with God.