CHRIST gives himself to you under the signs of bread and
wine. The food is assimilated, it loses its own nature and takes
on yours. So with the life of Christ bestowed on you: it takes on
the forms of your life and action, not (at first sight) the forms of Christís.
Men nourished on the life of Christ are more fully themselves for the gift;
their personal quality is stronger, freer, more characteristic. Christís
self-giving is self-effacing, he does not impose himself, he studies his
disciples. But with what effect? Not that he is moulded to them,
but that they are moulded to him. The strongest influence is exercised
by the man who gives himself entirely away and does not think of himself.
So it is with the love of God. He becomes as we, that he may make
us as himself.