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Poured out as sacrifice

Today was the school Mass at the parish where I work.  I'm not a big fan of the school children lectoring, as I don't think 3rd graders know what "libation" means and lectors should understand what they are proclaiming, but the little girl that did the first reading today had such a delightful lisp, I could see God smiling.

A "libation", according to Meriam-Webster, is a "liquid poured out, usually as a sacrifice".  St. Paul, in this letter the Ephesians, says this is exactly what he is:    "...I am poured out as a libation upon the sacrificial service of your faith".  This is such a strong image, and also a clear indication as to how we are to live out our Christian faith.

As any little kid knows, when you spill the milk, it goes everywhere.  What was once contained now spreads.  One way to describe a great party is to say,  "The drinks flowed!"  Jesus turned water into wine, allowing a family to keep serving their guests, instead of having to send everyone home.  All of these images and ideas are "packaged" in what St. Paul says:  poured out as a libation in sacrificial service to your faith.  What would happen if we poured ourselves out, no longer contained, in sacrificial service to everyone we come in contact with?  What if our love of Christ flowed out of us like drinks at a party?  What if we knew that God would never allow us to "run out", but would renew our reserves of faith just as we needed?  What if Christ flowed from each and every one of us that bears His name?  Oh, what a party THAT would be....

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