December 9, 2015
Jesus said to the crowds:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
How simple is this? How much more direct can He be? How many times have we implored God, "I wish you would just give me a sign!"
You will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
God is our joy and our salvation.
I don't often read books multiple times, but one that I have is (almost-startlingly) titled How to Profit from Your Faults by Joseph Tissot, which is based largely on the writings of St. Francis de Sales. There are hundreds of quotes in this book which could (and may yet) inspire hundreds of reflections.
Today, during this beautiful Jubilee of Mercy, I will leave you with an immensely powerful encouragement from the book, quoting Jacques-Benigne Bossuet.
"Jesus Christ, as Son of God, is essentially holiness itself. Although he is pleased to see a sinner at his feet, returning to the the true path, he would have preferred a strong innocent love that hadn't faltered. But, on becoming our Savior, his love for us took on a different sentiment. As God, he prefers innocence. But Christians, let us rejoice! for as a merciful Savior he has come in search of the guilty. He lives only for sinners because it is for sinners that he has been sent."
St. Francis adds:
"His vocation is to be the Savior ... Each time we offer him a fault to be forgiven, we offer him the title of Savior."
Jesus, let us not be surprised and shaken by our shortcomings, but rather see them as our Felix Culpae, our Happy Faults, our opportunities to accept your offer of Salvation, giving You glory for ceaseless mercy.