Make a gift of yourself for someone today!
In a world that is all about "me" we have lost the meaning of "we."
The most common ideology that is being pushed is what I like to call the "all about me" ideology. Look around how everything is laid out in media, ads, etc. Everything is geared for me to serve myself, to make my life better, to make my life easier, so I can do what I want when I want. It's pushed in fashion statements, social media, jobs and money, our sexuality...and ultimately a full destruction of the meaning of the body to something that is simply material that I can use as I please.
The problem with this is we lose sight of what our real purpose is and the ability to reach complete flourishing and fulfillment. We read in Pope Paul VI's Encyclical, Gaudium Et Spes, "[...]man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself." (GS 24).
This opens up a whole new understanding for us. We were not created for ourselves, we were created for the other, to be a gift for the other. This reality is stamped right into our bodies as male and female!
St. John Paul II describes this as the "Spousal Meaning of the Body." It means that we were created to be a communion of persons, the way the Trinity is a communion of persons. God is not alone, He 1 God but a unity of 3 persons. He created us to reflect this same reality. When you were born you were not born in isolation on an island...but you were born into a family, a communion of persons.
We are a gift for the other. It is the very essence of who we are! St. JPII explains it this way:
"When God-Yahweh says, 'It is not good that man should be alone' (Gen 2:18), He affirms that, 'alone,' the man does not completely realize this essence. He realizes it only by existing 'with someone' - and, put it even more deeply and completely, by existing 'FOR SOMEONE'." (TOB 14:2 - emphasis added).
We come to realize who we are through being a gift of self for the other person. And this does not mean just in marriage, but in our daily lives. Jesus came on earth to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28), and through that to show us what we were meant to do.
So today...be a gift. Make a gift of yourself for someone today!