Lets Open Our Hearts to Jesus

The Christmas season having come to an end, and the season of ordinary time now beginning, it is important to stay faithful to our calling, and to prayer. In Christ, the ordinary, while remaining in some sense ordinary, is truly extraordinary. The work and the leisure, the joys and the sufferings of ordinary days lived in Jesus, are days pierced through with the eternal. Heaven begins now, because “this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ” (Jn 17:3). Lets pray so that we might know our God, and that he might dwell within us.

From the Imitation of Christ, Book Two, Chapter One:

The kingdom of God is within you” (Lk 17:21), says the Lord.

Turn, then, to God with all your heart. Forsake this wretched world and your soul shall find rest. Learn to despise external things, to devote yourself to those that are within, and you will see the kingdom of God come unto you, that kingdom which is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, gifts not given to the impious.

Christ will come to you offering His consolation, if you prepare a fit dwelling for Him in your heart, whose beauty and glory, wherein He takes delight, are all from within. His visits with the inward man are frequent, His communion sweet and full of consolation, His peace great, and His intimacy wonderful indeed.

Therefore, faithful soul, prepare your heart for this Bridegroom that He may come and dwell within you; He Himself says: “If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make Our abode with him” (Jn 14:23).

Give place, then, to Christ, but deny entrance to all others, for when you have Christ you are rich and He is sufficient for you. He will provide for you. He will supply your every want, so that you need not trust in frail, changeable men. Christ remains forever, standing firmly with us to the end.

Lets open our hearts to Jesus.

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