Love of Jesus Christ – Second 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 knowledge of Jesus Christ, that is, of His person, of His perfections, of His love, of His benefits, is the source of eternal life. — St. Cyril.
St. Teresa has said: “Since I have had the happiness to know Jesus Christ, of beholding faint glimpses of that ravishing beauty, nothing created can find a place in my heart, all things earthly are distasteful to me.”
What wonders did not the love of Jesus Christ operate in the heart of St. Paul! One might say his heart resembled that of Jesus Christ. In St. Ignatius the Martyr! He was penetrated with His love that, after his death, the name of Jesus was found engraven in letters of gold upon his breast. In St. Jerome! He would finish his days beside the crib of Our Saviour. In St. Augustine! His heart was entirely consecrated to Jesus Christ. In St. Francis of Assis! Every hour he dwelt upon the wounds of Our Saviour. In St. Antony of Padua! Who was continually occupied with the holy infancy. In St. Bernard! With what effusion of heart he spoke of Jesus Christ! In St. Charles Borromeo! Who never ceased to meditate upon the Passion. In St. Francis of Sales, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Philip Neri! All so celebrated for their ardent love of Jesus Christ.
I am afflicted, O amiable Jesus, because Thou art so little loved and so often offended. Master of hearts! Take possession of our hearts. Grant that I may always think of Thee, desire only to please Thee; that in all things I may seek only Thy glory, and endeavor always to love Thee and cause other to love Thee.