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Reflection on the Word – ‘Love is His Name’
JCFL Prayer Vigil, 7th August, 2014

The Heart of Christ

Since the beginning of Creation God has found a multitude of ways of expressing His Love to us. Jesus uses the words of the Torah to teach us the commandments which His Father also instructed the People of Israel, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus, through His Word and Example, shows us how to live these commandments. Here are just a few examples of how Jesus expresses this Love to us in Scripture.

In the Gospel we see how Jesus, the Christ, responds when the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees bring to him a woman caught in the act of adultery telling Him, “the law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” Jesus understands they are trying to trap him and, having taken a moment to reflect, says to the crowd, “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Her accusers, on hearing this, one-by-one leave until Jesus, the only righteous judge, is left alone with the woman to express God’s desire not to condemn but to forgive. Here we see the tenderness of God’s Loving Heart expressed in the life of Christ

In the Gospel Jesus enters the temple and drives out those buying and selling in the temple, overturning the tables of the money changers and the seats of those selling doves. He says to them, “It is written, ‘my house shall be called a house of prayer but you are making it a robbers den’ Here we see the strength of God’s Justice expressed through the loving heart of Christ.

In the Gospel, as Jesus is crucified with criminals on his right and left He pleads to His Father saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” The God of Love on the Cross, the innocent One condemned by us sinners, continues to plead our cause to the Father. Here we see the depth of God’s desire to forgive.

To learn what it is to Love we can do nothing better than look to Christ who teaches us, through His Word and Example how to live with a simplicity of heart, a generosity of spirit and a limitless compassion. As we come in to His presence now in the Bread of Life perhaps we can spend a little time thanking Jesus for this gift of Love and reflect on how we can be a little more Christ-like in our own lives.

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