THE POINT: Jesus loves you beyond anything you have ever experienced or can imagine. (p.14)
2. Are you open to loving Me, Jesus, in totally new ways beyond the ways you have before now? Are you willing to let Me show you those new ways?
My response to Him:
Jesus, of course You know all things and You know that I am open to loving You in totally new ways!
But as soon as I say that, I am brought up short, because You also know I have hesitated before, fearful that You would ask too much of me. That You would ask more than I could give. Or more than I wanted to give is closer to it. I have been the one holding back in this relationship, not You. You have and continue to give Your all, and I give so little.
The ways I have loved You in the past have been so meager and poor, I am ashamed to even confront the reality of it.
What an absurd fear I harbored! How could I have been so fearful of the only Person who I can trust completely with my very life?
Show me how to love You in new ways each day! To consider it brings joy to my heart and serenity to my soul as I know You will not deny my request!
Show me yet today how to love You anew, Jesus, and again tomorrow! In my family, at work, particularly with those I do not easily get along with, with others I meet in my life on a daily basis. And then there are those I am repulsed by in the media whose lives are in direct opposition to mine, and those who are persecuting the Church, as well as those with whom we are at war.
Now the loving is getting much tougher, the demands of love more piercing as I try to have compassion for them. Help me to love as You love, Jesus and not so selfishly as is my tendency. Help me to love generously and mercifully as You do.
May the flame of love I have for You in my heart be turned into a Blowtorch, that others may see it and come to know You!