Love of Jesus Christ – Twenty-Sixth Day of January
Love of Jesus Christ.
“If any man love not Our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema.” — 1 Cor. 16:22.
There is a feast where we receive Jesus Christ and renew the remembrance of His Passion. Disciples of Jesus Christ, love Jesus Christ your Master; adore with more devotion, receive with more fervor the Saviour of the world, Who, though life itself, suffered and died for you.
When you are about to unite yourself to Jesus Christ in holy Communion, enter into the sentiments of a worthy priest of Jesus Christ who, before ascending the altar, made this reflection: “I am going to renew the Passion Our Saviour; will it be for my salvation? Alas! I will perhaps perform the office of one of His executioners, I will perhaps perform the office of one of His executioners, I will perhaps crucify Him within me, I will perhaps render myself guilty of the body of the Lord. O my Saviour, do not permit it.”
St. Matilda prayed that Our Lord would teach her to prepare for Communion. She begged Him to write His adorable name in her heart in such a manner that it might never be effaced from her memory. She desired to receive Him with all the love of which the human heart is capable; all graces as if indeed she really had received Him in the manner she so ardently desired.
O my Saviour, I am not worthy to approach Thee, but I love Thee — would that it were without limit! I approach Thee to obey Thee, and to glorify Thee, to fortify myself and to be transformed into Thee. If I have had the misfortune to make unworthy Communions, pardon me I would make atonement for all unworthy Communions which have been made since the institution of this sacrament of love.