01 July 2016

We Have Not Yet "Resisted unto Blood": Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

In the Office of the day, St. Paul earnestly invites us to correspond with Christ's gift. "Jesus... that He might sanctify the people by His own Blood, suffered outside the gate. Let us go forth therefore to meet Him... bearing His reproach." If we want the Blood of Christ to bear all its fruit in us, we must unite our own blood with it. His alone is most precious, so precious that a single drop is sufficient to save the whole world; nevertheless, Jesus, as always, wants us to add our little share, our contribution of suffering and sacrifice, "bearing His reproach." If we are sincere we will have to admit that we do all in our power to escape Christ's shame and disgrace. A lack of consideration, a slight offense, a cutting word, are all that it takes to arouse our passions. How can we say that we know how to share in Christ's humiliations? Behold our divine Master treated like a malefactor, dragged amidst the coarse insults of the soldiers outside the gate of Jerusalem and there crucified between two thieves! And we? What part do we take in His Passion? How do we share His reproach?

To redeem us, "Jesus... endured the Cross, despising the shame..." and "you," St. Paul reproaches us, "have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin" (Heb 12, 2. 4). Can we say that we know how to struggle "unto blood" to overcome our faults, our pride, our self-love? Oh! how weak and cowardly we are in the struggle, how self-indulgent and full of pity for ourselves, especially for our pride! Jesus, Innocence itself, expiated our sins even unto a bloody, ignominious death! We, the guilty ones, far from atoning for our faults unto blood, cannot even sacrifice our self-love. The blood which flows from sincere, total renunciation of self, from humble, generous acceptance of everything that mortifies, breaks and destroys our pride: this is the blood which Jesus asks us to unite with His! The Precious Blood of Jesus will give us the strength to do so, "for the soul which becomes inebriated and inundated by the Blood of Christ, is clothed with true and genuine virtue" (St. Catherine of Siena).

--from Divine Intimacy, by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD


M. Prodigal said...

Article: Abortion and the Most Precious Blood

Konstantin said...

Beautiful. Thank you!