“The Liturgy of the Eucharist starts with the offertory, and the offertory bespeaks our commitment. We bring bread, wine, and money to support the Church’s work. In the early Church, the faithful actually baked the bread and pressed the wine for the celebration; at the offertory they brought it forward. (In some Eastern churches, the bread and wine are still produced by the parishioners.) The point is this: We offer ourselves and all that we have. Not because we’re so special, but because we know the Lord can take what is temporal and make it eternal, take what is human and make it divine.”– Scott Hahn, The Lamb’s Supper
As I read this, I could not help but feel an AH-HA of the capital letters variety come over me. “We offer ourselves and all that we have.” Try reflecting on this the next time you’re at Mass, and then pay attention to those happy coincidences which you might call serendipity, but which you might also call miraculous.