Perhaps this is a historic day. For perhaps someone here today, finally will make the same kind of historic choice that St. Maron made. For just as in the life of St. Maron, there was a miraculous moment in the life of every righteous and just, when he or she first decided in the depths of his or her being to unconditionally surrender to the love of Christ. And this kind of choice always changes history.
We were all created for one reason, to come to know God and thus to fall in love with Him for all eternity. Not by nature, and not in proportion with our natural desires, but simply by the gratuitous will of God, all of us in this church have a supernatural destiny.
Before God knit us in our mother’s womb, he knew us, and he loved us, and he destined us for Himself, and that makes this is a love story. Our hearts are beating for the sake of this. Our lungs are continually breathing in and breathing out, whether we consider it or not, for the sake of this. The earth rounds the sun again and again for the sake of this. The four seasons come and go for the sake of this. And 13 billion years ago, this universe sprang into being, and time began for the sake of this. The saints pondered these things with great wonder, and so should we. What more could we possibly ask for? What desire do we have that Christ cannot satisfy? What thirst do we have that He cannot quench? Why spend our money to buy money bags with holes in them? Why not spend all our money to buy the field in which this infinite treasure lies? We lose nothing in the purchase.
Truly, knowing what we know, the only sadness, when all is said and done, is not to be a saint. But because this is a love story, we have every reason to hope that we too can become a saint. It bears repeating, we have every reason to hope that we too can become a saint.
God came to us, to make us Holy! If that is far to grasp, Christ comes down from heaven still today here in this place, becoming our very food and drink in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. If this God is for us, who can be against us? What can prevent love like this from also making us saints, if only we are willing?