June 23, 2016
Brothers and sisters—
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.(Matthew 7:21)
Of what are we afraid? Do we not yet know that the promise of the Father’s will—that he will give us everything we need to love him with everything we are, in fulfillment of the first commandment, and to love our neighbor as we would love ourselves, in fulfillment of the second—easily unfolds in our life if we only permit it?
God is calling you to love. God is calling you to make love the total source, the originating fuel, of your entire life, of every one of its moments. God is calling you to let an experience of him, of his love, his to begin with, his to manifest to you through the presence of others, shape everything you are—and everything that you understand about yourself, about Reality. To do the will of the Father is nothing other than to let the Father make himself, he who is Love, your entire Reality—the framework by which you understand everything, know everything, live for everything, the one with whom you begin and end.
In today’s Magnificat, this reflection from Mother Teresa appears—and I share it as a conclusion, to note again: Where Jesus is, there is love; where there is love, there is Jesus.
Q. You love people whom others consider the rejects of humanity. What is the secret that allows you to do this?
A. My secret is very simple: I pray. Through prayer I become one in love with Christ. I realize that praying to him is loving him. That means that I a fulfilling his commandment. Let’s not forget what he tells us: I was hungry and you fed me not. The poor who live in the slums of the world are the suffering Christ. The Son of God lives and dies through them, and through them God shows me his true face. For me, prayer teams being united to the will of God twenty-four hours a day, to live for him, through him, and with him.
Q. If Jesus is the head of the Church, shouldn’t the Church show a different face and be more exemplary?
A. But, who is the Church? You and I. Jesus doesn’t need palaces. Only men need them. The Church are those who follow him. Following him is something that I try to do every day. We live surrounded by people who are hungry for love. That is what we need to give them. If everyone was capable of discovering the image of God in their neighbors, do you think that we would still need tanks and generals?