Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Prisoner of Love, King of the Dance & the Divine Husband
The Sacred Heart of Jesus, (His whole self) is in every Tabernacle throughout the whole world. He is the Prisoner of Love who remains in the Tabernacle for love of us; and from every Tabernacle does the River of the Water of Life flow forth; encountering the soul like a sweet kiss, like a heavenly embrace between the creature and the Creator. Why then do we keep our Lord locked up in the prison of the Tabernacle without visiting Him? “I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Mt 25:36b) says the Lord. Will we not come? Will we abandon Him to be alone? Will we come and adore the King Most High?
It is in Adoration therefore that we encounter the Lord in all fullness; and in receiving Him that we ourselves become Living Tabernacles of Love. “It is wrong” says Pope Benedict XVI “to set celebration and adoration against each other, as if they were competing.” (Homily of His Holiness Benedict XVI, 7 June 2012). This is because Adoration is the celebration of the Risen Lord! And our Lord wishes to dance in every soul! For He who is Joy desires to celebrate within us; if only we let Him in. If we refuse Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament we are likened to a beggar who foolishly refuses to dance with his King, who for love and joy of us stoops so low to ask us to dance with Him.
You are a Bride of Christ and Son of God, every man is a Bride of Christ and Son of God; and indeed every woman is a Bride of Christ and Son of God. With “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16) we can understand, with the mind of man we cannot. Sing and break into song says the Lord, “for your Maker is your Husband” (Is 54: 5), and “you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more” (Is 54: 4b). “My covenant of Peace shall not be removed” (Is 54:10), this is the final covenant, the Holy Eucharist which is My Covenant of Shalom which means peace, wholeness and completeness. For indeed you lack nothing when you receive Me in Holy Communion says the Lord. And this covenant shall establish you in righteousness, that is in right relationship with Me (Is 54: 14). For I give to you Myself who is the very Righteousness of God; and you inherit all that I have and Am. Since “for our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21). And thus you shall declare My beloved, says the Lord: ‘I am nothing, but in My Lord I am everything and possess all things! Alleluia! Alleluia!’.