Christ sacrifice was enough, and it is because of his sacrifice that we are redeemed. Nothing we do or sacrifice can earn our way into heaven. However, Christ gives us an opportunity to participate in his sacrifice. As the catechism tells us, “suffering, a consequence of original sin, acquires a new meaning. It becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus.” (CCC 1521)
When we go to Mass, we are called to bring our gifts to the altar. Not just our monetary gifts, but our time, talent, treasures, sufferings, sacrifices, and our very lives. We are called to have the faith of Abraham, who took his only beloved son to the land of Moriah and placed him on the altar as a living sacrifice. Abraham knew that everything that is sacred in this life is a gift from the father, and it will only bear fruit if we give it back to the father and trust him with our lives.
So today I want to challenge you to “offer it up”. Unite your sacrifices to the sacrifice of Christ, and meditate on your power to help save souls. The Theology of the Body Advocates’ mission is to relay the truth about the meaning of our bodies and how our bodies are meant to reveal Christ to the world. However, as a new non-profit, we have discovered the concept of “no money, no mission.” You can help. Join my initiative called 26miles26souls26saints. I am running marathons to raise money for our mission. If you make a donation, I will offer up a mile for you, and each mile I will pray to a particular saint to help me make a worthy sacrifice. There are two ways you can make a sacrifice to help…
- Donate to my mission. I am running the Columbus marathon on October 21st, 2012.
- Offer up your own race or mission. You don’t have to run a marathon, any race or challenge will do. You will be accomplishing a dream, making a difference, spreading the truth of TOB, and saving souls! It doesn’t matter what you have to give. It just matters that you give it to God.
Go to www.choosingthesaintinside.com to learn more, donate, or join the cause.
Dr. John R. Wood