Freeport IL.- St Therese (the little flower) as a young teenager fell in love with Jesus. She wanted to Love Jesus back. But she was nobody of great importance. What could she do? She thought about the passage in scripture where we are many parts of one body. She was trying to figure out what part of the body she was called to be. Then it came to her; she was to be the heart! As the Heart brings life to the rest of the body, so does love bring life to the Church. She tried to love in great matters, but found she couldn’t get it right. Finally, she decided she would do what she could in little matters.
This is when she discovers “The Little Way”. She discovered how she could love Jesus in return. In the everyday life she lived, she could do things for Jesus. She had a special gift and calling. But we in our own way are called to bring the love of Christ to others. We do this primarily by loving Him.
Do you love Jesus? What do you do for Him? Not that He needs anything from us. It’s just that if we love somebody, we do things for them. So what are you doing for Jesus this Lent? This is a tough question that the life of St. Therese challenges us with. Sometimes it feels like we have to scrape up something that we did to answer the question; like some kind of afterthought. “Well let me see I was nice to somebody.” But our love for Jesus should not be some afterthought. When we love others, we do things for them with an intent of concern or care.
But suppose that being nice to that person had the intention to please God and to Love Him in return. Loving Jesus through actions does not have to be anything grandiose. It could simply be something you are already doing, just with the thought of your love of Jesus. It can be by being a good grandparent or grandchild. It can be when you cook a meal, shovel the driveway, mow the lawn, do the dishes or let somebody go ahead of you in the grocery store. It really is as simple as that.
Now if we can remember to have that intention when we do these things! The consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus or Immaculate Heart of Mary can be helpful. A simple morning prayer can get us off on the right foot as well. All of these prayers dedicate our actions to Jesus. This is a good start.
A Morning Prayer:
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.
Father Timothy Barr is pastor of St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s in Freeport, Illinois. Father has many wonderful things to say about the church and her teachings. He has a blog and is posting articles, videos, as well as his homilies in audio form. We encourage all Christians, to visit this site often. You will not be disappointed. http://.stjosephstmary.com