The class of 2014 in our parish celebrated the Rite of Sending and the Rite of Election just over a week ago. I should have carried tissues. The hymn at both events was “You Are Mine”. Here are a few lines from it:
I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near
Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine
“Do you think you are here because of any choice you made? Because you chose the Church? NO! You are here because Christ chose YOU!”
That’s what our Bishop said in his homily at the Rite of Election. He could’ve not said another word and I would have been left in awe.
Christ chose me.
It still leaves me speechless, and humbled, and with more thanksgiving than I could ever express!
I recently went through some inner healing, to allow Christ to heal and rebuke lies that I’ve believed about myself since I was a wee one. It has blocked me from receiving His love all this time and I had no idea.
God doesn’t want us to go through life not knowing how much He loves us!
Our Father sent His ONLY Son, who was without ANY sin, never did wrong, to suffer for us – to receive ridicule, condemnation, persecution, lash after lash from whips, chains, blades, thorns pressed into His head, nails penetrating each of His hands, and His feet, and a spear piercing His side – unimaginable pain. For us. FOR ME. Even then, He chose to suffer for me. While He bore the weight of my sin on His back, His blood poured out FOR ME. For the first time in my life I can accept that love – yes, with humility, but it was for me.
During these 3 Sundays in which we, as elect, celebrate the scrutinies, I invite each of you to embrace what they mean. This isn’t a time for you to scrutinize and judge yourself or others, but a time to open up and let God scrutinize you. Let Him seek those dark corners of your heart. Let Him shine His glorious light on them and heal them so that you can receive His love, so that you can melt as it pours into and over your heart.
He chose YOU! He loves YOU! You are HIS!
I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1