Thursday, May 09, 2013
9. "If anyone loves me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home in him." The Master once more expresses His desire to dwell in us. "If anyone loves Me." It is love that attracts, that draws God to His creatures: not a sensible love but that love "strong as death that deep waters cannot quench."
10. "Because I love my Father, I do always the things that are pleasing to Him," thus spoke our holy Master, and every soul who wants to live close to Him must also live this maxim. The divine good pleasure must be its food, its daily bread; it must let itself be immolated by all the Father's wishes in the likeness of His adored Christ. Each incident, each event, each suffering, as well as each joy, is a sacrament which gives God to it; so it no longer makes a distinction between these things; it surmounts them, goes beyond them to rest in its Master, above all things. It "exalts" Him high on the "mountain of its hearts" yes, "higher than His gifts, His consolation, higher than the sweetness that descends from Him." "The property of love is never to seek self, to keep back nothing, but to give everything to the one it loves." "Blessed the soul that loves in truth; "the Lord has become its captive through love."