Holy Week Thoughts – 17 April – Wednesday of Holy Week
All belong to you and you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.
…1 Corinthians 3:22-23
The thousands of people, events, ideas and plans that occupy my inner life must become all one in the One and Only Name, Jesus.
I know that I have to move from speaking about Jesus to letting Him speak within me, from thinking about Jesus to letting Him think within me, from acting for and with Jesus, to letting Him act through me.
I know that the only way for me to see the world, is to see it through His eyes.
Everything has to become very simple, very unified, very focused. It is no longer a question of being up-to-date and well-informed.
At this moment in history, my own, as well as that of the world, I have to go to the very centre of being – the centre where time touches eternty, where earth and heaven meet, where God’s Word becomes human flesh, where death and immortality embrace.
There is really no longer a question of options.
With an unmistakable clarity, I have heard a voice saying:
“Give Me everything and I will give you everything.”
Fr Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)
My Lord, I Offer You Myself
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
I offer You myself in turn,
as a sacrifice of thanksgiving.
You have died for me,
And I in turn make myself over to You.
I am not my own.
You have bought me:
I will, by my own act and deed,
complete the purchase.
My wish is to be separated
from everything of this world;
To cleanse myself simply from sin;
To put away from me even what is innocent,
If used for its own sake
and not for Yours.
I put away reputation and honour
and influence and power,
For my praise and strength,
shall be in You.
Enable me to carry out what I profess