Our Lady and Sheen

Abandonment and the Eucharist

Every once in a while I hear the discussion on “why did Jesus have to suffer the way He did to atone for our sins?” It is often pointed out that God could have found any number of ways in which to have Justice for the fall of man, and usually reasons are given for the Passion of Christ, and then the parties go on their way.

I believe that Christ suffered the way He did so that we would know that when we were completely “down for the count” with no one in our corner, that someone was there for us. One of the times that people are at their lowest is when the feel abandoned. Yes, people get stressed about money or other concerns of the flesh, but when one feels abandoned it becomes nearly impossible, without grace, to have Hope.

Sometimes, when we’re alone we retreat into ourselves, building self-destructive walls and hiding in the dark. We don’t want anyone to see us, ever, because they will know the shame we have in feeling abandoned and unloved. The hardest thing to do during a depression is to let people in, because, most importantly, you feel there is no one that wants to be let in.

Then, in the darkness of the night, we Christians have the Eucharist. The gift of the Eucharist allows us to fly into our chapel, to collapse in front of our Heavenly Lord, face to face, and tell him how much we have been hurt, and wounded. Our Lord, glorious and still then speaks and says, “I know what it is like to be abandoned and betrayed, and I love you.”

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.” Romans 8:18


May 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment