“O happy fault!” the Church proclaims at Easter. We too can sing our thanks when we remember our own resurrection. At Mass, the Church prays: “We offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.” The word “Eucharist” means “true praise” and true praise is thanksgiving. The prayer continues, explaining what we thank God for: “…see the Victim whose death has reconciled us to yourself…. Grant that we…become one body, one spirit in Christ.” True praise then is thanksgiving that we are reconciled with God and one another.
Jesus is the one who offers true praise in us. When we offer true praise and thanksgiving for being reconciled, it is really Jesus who is doing the offering in us. We cannot offer God true praise and thanksgiving in our own name or by our own power. Jesus however never ceases to offer his prayer in us.
Lord Jesus, do I really want to praise you and your Father? From my childhood I have been taught to praise you. It is only when I remember what I have been and what you have done that I can praise you and your Father from my heart. You have removed the barriers to love.