The self-offering of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, whom we celebrate today, seems a perfect imitation of Jesus' self-gift in his passion and death. We deserved punishment, but Jesus says,"Let me do this for you. I will bear your burden, you may go free. I love you, I do not want you to suffer."
Jesus takes our place, just as Maximilian volunteered to take the place of a fellow prisoner in a starvation bunker.
Lord, teach us to be generous as you and your servant Maximilian were.
Photograph by Brother Brian.