Day 34 - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Welcome to our Lenten series "40 Days for Vocations." Holy Week begins today!!!
I didn't post yesterday (teething baby and so little sleep for all involved) but I thought I'd share with you what we wore to Mass today (liturgically appropriate and all). Linking up with Fine Linen and Purple.
Your vocation is a love story. In fact, it is part of the greatest love story ever told.
I think a lot of people would claim Christmas as their favorite holiday, but Easter and Holy Week have been my favorite for as long as I could remember. Of course, this is in great part because of my own parents' love for Holy Week. I don't know that we went to the Triduum liturgies (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil) when I was a baby, but I've gone to them for as long as I can remember. I never remember finding them boring - I was always captivated by them.
Why? Why was I captivated by them even as a child? I'm sure I wasn't perfectly behaved at all of those liturgies. I'm sure I didn't always understand what was happening. I'm sure that the liturgies we went to weren't as incredibly executed as the ones I would later attend in college. (If you ever, ever have the opportunity to go to the Triduum at the University of Notre Dame - go! I've been to the Triduum in many parishes but none have come close to the beauty of those liturgies.) But why did they captivate my heart and mind?
Because this week we celebrate the greatest love story ever told. And it is your love story.
This week, we remember the love story between Christ, the bridegroom, and all of us, His Church.
But it is more than that - it Christ's love story with you.
When Christ died on the cross, He didn't just die with "the Church" in mind - He died with all members of the Church (past, present, future) on His mind and in His heart. He died with you on His mind and heart. In His all-knowing divinity, He knew that you would exist. He knew every sin you would ever commit. And, with every fiber of His being, He wanted to save you from that sin, and to ensure that the gates of heaven would be open for you. Don't you see? Yes, Christ paid the debt of sin. But it wasn't a cold exchange. He didn't need to pay that debt of sin, didn't need to die. He did it for love. He is the lover who is so passionately in love with his beloved that He is willing to do whatever it takes to show that love.
Do you know, can you possibly grasp, how very beloved you are??
That is what this week is about. It is about knowing that you are beloved. It is about knowing that the Divine Lover loves you so passionately that He died so you wouldn't have to.
Your vocation, when you discern it and live it out, will be a daily sharing in that passionate love. Yes, your vocation is the way in which you can love God. But is is also the way in which you will come to experience God's own love most perfectly. I cannot understate that reality. In the gift of your vocation, you will daily experience a share of Christ's Paschal love. You will know His love, and you will learn to die to yourself and love like He does.
Enter into this Holy Week, knowing that you are infinitely loved. And enter into this Holy Week and its liturgies, open to seeing the greatest love story ever told unfold. And know that you - in all your sin and weakness - are at the very heart of this love story.
You are so loved.