O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Gift of the Divine Lover

During the Easter Season I'll be bringing you gems from St. Faustina's Diary, after reading it for Lent.
Diary of St. Faustina, 1385
After Communion today, Jesus told me how much He desires to come to human hearts. "I desire to unite Myself with human souls; My great delight is to unite Myself with souls. Know, My daughter, that when I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay any attention to Me; they leave Me to Myself and busy themselves with other things. Oh, how sad I am that souls do not recognize Love! They treat Me as a dead object." I answered Jesus, "O Treasure of my heart, the only object of my love and entire delight of my soul, I want to adore You in my heart as You are adored on the throne of Your eternal glory. My love wants to make up to You at least in part for the coldness of so great a number of souls. Jesus, behold my heart which is for You a dwelling place to which no one else has entry. You alone repose in it as in a beautiful garden.
When you are in love, you want to be with the beloved. That is the basic definition of love: desire for union with something and desiring the greatest glory for that same something. Christ loves the Church as His Bride and that is exactly what she is. He wants to be with His Bride as any groom wishes to be with His beloved. It is not a desire to get anything from them, but rather just being in their presence brings joy. This is why Christ loves it when we go to Eucharistic Adoration. When a bridegroom goes to see his beloved, he goes out of his way to give her the best gifts. He wishes to see his bride in the greatest splendor he can provide for her. So too it is with Christ. He wishes to have His Bride in the greatest splendor He can provide, the splendor of Heaven.

The catch is that the bride must accept this gift, or it is for nothing. If she accepts this gift, given out of love, not something owed to her, then the two remain happy in each other's presence. If she rejects, it greatly wounds and offends the groom. She remains apart from him. So it is with the Church. We can either accept or reject the gift Christ gives us. God owes us nothing. There is no debt He must pay to us. This gift is given out of love. If we accept this intimate union with Christ (which happens in the Eucharist), we go to Heaven. We gain a new appreciation for the Bread of Life discourse (John 6). If we reject this gift, we remain apart from Him. This condition is called Hell. Christ is greatly offended. We are the one He loves. We are the one He wants to be with and we have rejected Him. He wanted to be with us and we ran off to be with others; to live our lives with others instead of Him. He, from the beginning, wanted to live our lives with us.

We instead lived it with others instead of Him. We are the cause of the Wound on His Heart. We have pierced His side to the Heart. He tried to give us His love, His whole Self on the cross, made present in the Host. We did not even recognize His love and rejected Him as if He were something from our childhood meant to be forgotten as it gets in the way of our life now. So many people receive Communion not caring about what it is that they are doing. They receive the Sacred Host as if it is something casual and don't even care that this is the Body of their Divine Lover. He gave His whole crucified Self to them through the Eucharist and this gift is either neglected as some casual or auxiliary thing or rejected altogether. All He can do is look at Himself and think "This is my Body which I gave for them and it was rejected in favor of sin." It is a huge insult to neglect or even reject the Eucharist. You, a mere creature, are saying that God Himself is not good enough for you and that sin, as degrading as it is, is more acceptable than Him. You must get up and return to Him. Go be with your Divine Lover in the Eucharist. He gave Himself for you, go give yourself to Him in return. Reciprocate His love.