Dear Sacred Heart of Jesus family,
“I would create the world again just to hear you say you love me.” Our Lord Jesus spoke these words to Saint Teresa of Avila in Spain, in the mid sixteenth century.
Do they ring familiar with you? If not, I pray that as 2020 unfolds, you may enter into a transforming encounter with the Lord. We can know God through the use of our reason, and through His Revelation to us.
Studying nature, science, and the world around us, we see in a sense, a love letter from God. The world reflects the gift of created beauty. In the stars, the sea, the land, all things – in a sense – shout to us of God’s care for us. A beautiful sunset, the blossom of the flower in spring, the smile of a loved one, they all reflect the goodness of our God.
God reveals Himself in creation, and directly in His Revelation to us. While many of our Christian brothers and sisters who are Protestant will say perhaps that—due to their love of the Bible—they are “People of the Book.” For Catholics, it is more correct to say that we are “People of the Word.”
God the Father speaks the Word. That Word is the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son. The Love between them is the Holy Spirit.
Our Lord Jesus is the Word made Flesh. He teaches us through the Church He founded, in the teachings of the Church which transmit that Word: in Sacred Tradition, and in the written Scriptures. As we learn of this Word, it is important to try and quiet ourselves daily, to hear Him speak to us.
We can easily get so preoccupied, distracted, and busy, that the noise of life can drown out that still, small voice. OUR response is a dialogue of prayer, worship, and service. We should gently develop the habit of speaking to Him in our hearts, in a conversation between friends. Then we not only study His Word, and speak to Him, but we receive Him in the Sacrament of the Most Blessed Eucharist, receiving His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
Studies of Eucharistic Miracles that have occurred in time, and been approved by the Church, reveal a startling and amazing mystery. The hosts which change into flesh, when studied, are found to come from the left ventricle of the heart. This is the muscle that pumps the oxygen-rich blood through the body. When we receive Him in the Eucharist, we truly receive the loving Heart of Jesus, to reinvigorate us to thrive and enjoy life.
When you and I want to serve others, we want them to know—most importantly— is that they are loved, and that we care about them. However, we cannot share what we don’t already have. How often do we wear ourselves out at work, in daily life, and in our families, draining our batteries because we have no more to give? Yet, when we speak to God in prayer, when we receive His Love at Mass, we are given all of heaven, from a God who is Love Itself.
Today we celebrate the presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple. He is the light of the world. Not only light, He is the heart of the world. Today take time after Mass to thank Him when you receive Him in the Eucharist. And if you have never known how much He Loves you, take to heart these words from His Heart: “I would create the world again just to hear you say you love me.”
In Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart,
Rev. Bjorn C. Lundberg