Love of Jesus Christ – Eighth Day of January
Love of Jesus Christ.
“If any man love not Our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema.” — 1 Cor. 16:22.
The mystery of the Incarnation is the miracle of miracles. In becoming man, the more the Word has humbled Himself, the more has He shown His divine goodness. In the Incarnation we may say God has become one of us. — St. Bernard.
St. Peter of Alcantara, hearing on Christmas day the word sung in the Gospel, “In principio erat Verbum,” was inflamed with most ardent love and filled with transports of admiration unbounded.
St. Augustine in his Confessions declares that he never ceased to reflect upon the goodness of God in His grand work of the redemption of man. In the heart of St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi was found engraven these words: “And the Word was made flesh.”
Let us not forget, says St. Bernard, that it is for sake of our love that God loves us. Let us not forget how ancient, how disinterested, how tender, how strong, how generous, is the love of Jesus for us. He has not ceased to love us, miserable sinners though we be.
O my Saviour, I am grieved because so few will receive Thee, Who hast come for all, and so many Christians, having received Thee, have again rejected Thee. I too have been guilty of this perfidy. Pardon, my Jesus. Come into my heart; enkindle there the fire of Thy love; never permit it to become extinguished.