Love passed by today.
Stretching out His hand towards me,
I heard Him say, “Come.”
I barely noticed the invitation
for I was busy about with other things.
What things would be so important
as to miss an appointment with Love?
Looking back, I can’t remember.
All I do remember is the lost opportunity,
the ‘what if I grasped Love by the hand?’
Would I have been engulfed in His radiant splendor?
The scriptures boldly tell of it … are we willing to listen to the story?
In Deuteronomy, Moses tells the people,“You are a people sacred to the LORD, your God; he has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth to be a people peculiarly his own. It was not because you are the largest of all nations that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you, for you are really the smallest of all nations. It was because the Lord loved you and because of his fidelity…he brought you out with his strong hand from the place of slavery, and ransomed you…” (Dt 7:6-8)
In the first letter of John, he tells how God’s love 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.” (1 Jn 7:9-10)
God ransoms us…God sends his Son as expiation for our sins. Love’s story is ultimately one of setting another free from the pain of their own undoing. The Scriptures tell of Love’s chasing after his beloved again and again. Love chastises us, brings us back, sets us anew on a straight course full of blessings. Then, something goes awry. Our lives get too crowded for the One who freed us. Are we ‘missing our appointment with Love?’
The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus gives a moment to silence ourselves in the busy-ness of our day, and contemplate God, who is Love, and because of His love for us, constantly stretches out His hand, and says, “Come.”
Heart Shaped Stone describes this relationship really well with her blog post, Still.