Another reflective post from Sancrucensis. The distinctiveness of Christianity is that Christ is not merely a model. He does not simply show us what true sacrifice is and how to offer true sacrifice. He brings us into His very being (partakers of the divine nature) and work. In raising us up, He transforms us and makes us new. We are able to sacrifice because He first sacrificed Himself. Further, we are only able to sacrifice in His sacrifice.
I had not come across this way of speaking of sacrifice and sin before: private good versus common good. It strikes me as fitting very well with the theological approaches of the Victorines.
+ A very happy and blessed Easter to all.
Christ, our paschal lamb, was sacrificed. The verse for the Alleluia of Mass during the day on Easter Sunday gives the sacrifice of Christ as the cause of our joy. It is by sacrifice that Christ won His victory over sin and death. What is sacrifice? It is an outward, sensible sign of interior self-giving love. Sin is refusal of love and gift. God wanted to give everything to us; He wanted to give Himself to us. But this gift cannot be received and possessed as a private good; it can only be had as a common good. And a common good is possessed when one gives oneself to it. To receive the gift of God is to give oneself to God. And to give oneself to God is to receive oneself from Him. Hence, as Gaudium et Spes puts it, “man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of…
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