Living with a Pierced Heart
Malvern Minute

 

June 23, 2017 – The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord; and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. Alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John (4:7-16)

Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;

everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God.
Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.

This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,
that he has given us of his Spirit.

Moreover, we have seen and testify
that the Father sent his Son as savior of the world.
Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
God remains in him and he in God.
We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

God is love, and whoever remains in love
remains in God and God in him.

 

Reflect: God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. It is easy to banter around the word “love” and diminish what it truly means and represents. Typically, we associate love with a pleasurable experience. Understood properly, love does make the world go round because God is love. As disciples, we must live love as Jesus did. The love of God is manifest in Jesus. If we ever want to find a measuring stick to calculate our own level of love, we need not go any further than to meditate on the life of Jesus. So, love as shown to us through Jesus is: all compassion; all forgiving; entirely selfless; desiring nothing more than to show the Father to the world; embracing the cross; willingly dying for the sake of others; not counting the cost; living to sacrifice absolutely everything. The love of God is selfless. If we desire to love as Jesus, we must be willing to let our heart be broken over and over again – not as some senseless torture, but as “gold tested in fire”.  Only when our heart is broken open is when we can begin to receive God and be transformed by his love. By remaining in the love of God means that we can expect pain, suffering and an evaporating ego. But that is good. That is how we truly enter into the Sacred Heart of Jesus. That is how we truly learn to love. To be united with the Sacred Heart of Jesus is to allow our heart to be pierced and to bleed. Jesus will be there to heal us and accompany us, but we will carry the wounds with us. For our wounds from living love are our passport into heaven.

Questions: When I meditate on the love of Jesus, does it change my concept of love? How is Jesus inviting me to be united to his Sacred Heart? In what ways might Jesus be helping me to understand how to die to myself and to love more and more as he did?

Pray: Loving God, I thank you and glorify you for your unselfish, ceaseless love for me. Help me to find redemption in the pain of love, in dying to self. Through the Sacred Heart of Jesus, help me to find courage and strength to be broken open and wounded.  May his Sacred Heart purify my own heart so that I can love as he did. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Thus says the Lord: Let whoever is thirsty come to me and drink. Streams of living water will flow from within the one who believes in me.                                    

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