Thursday, January 7, 2016

Glorious Exchange

Again at this morning's Mass, we were touched by the beauty of this Prayer over the Offerings for days during Christmastide:

Receive our oblation, O Lord,
by which is brought about a glorious exchange,
that, by offering what you have given,
we may merit to receive your very self.
Through Christ our Lord.

In the glorious exchange of the Incarnation, our Creator becomes flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone. In the glorious exchange of the Holy Eucharist, we bring gifts of bread and wine, gifts that represent all that we have, all that we are, and they become the Body and Blood of the Lord of all Creation. O glorious exchange!