UNBORN WORD of the day


AM I A PERSON AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART?
May 29, 2008, 10:49 pm
Filed under: Sacred Heart

Today, Friday, May 30, 2008 is the Feast Day of The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!

Speaking on behalf of God, the prophet Samuel described King David as “a man after his own heart”, that is, after God’s own heart (I Sam 13:14). St Paul refers to this also in a sermon in a synagogue at Antioch when he quotes the Lord: “I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will” (Act 13:22). Note the link here between God’s heart and God’s will, and David’s disposition to seek both of these.

Now we leap the chasm from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant, from David to his distant descendant Jesus, Son of David. One day, Jesus opened up the mystery of God’s heart and will to His disciples, knowing full well that His words would go out to all of us, that is, to the ends of the earth: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:28-29).

What Jesus does here is he invites every human being to be a man or a woman after God’s own heart! And He describes God’s heart: “gentle and lowly” – nothing to be afraid of here, nothing to fear. And He makes a promise: “you will find rest for your souls” here, upon His Heart (as did the apostle John; Jn 13:23-25). If you labor and are heavy laden, then this is the way to follow the Lord, seek His heart and seek His will, as both David and John did.

He first spoke directly of this will from His mother’s womb, probably, as St Alphonsus de Ligouri contends at the first moment of His conception, that is, at the one cell stage of His human development:

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired,
but a body hast thou prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God…'”
(Heb 10:5-7)

At the one cell stage of His life, Christ was focused upon the will of His Father and acknowledges that He has been given a body (and heart) to dedicate to the will of God!



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