"Jesus wants me to tell you again, how much love He has for each of you- beyond all you can imagine. I worry some of you still have not really met Jesus- one on one- you and Jesus alone. We may spend time in the chapel- but have you seen with the eyes of your soul how He looks on you with love? Do you really know the living Jesus- not from books but from being with Him in your heart? Have you heard the loving words He speaks to you? Ask for the grace; He is longing to give it. . . .
How can we last even one day without hearing Jesus say "I love you"- impossible. . . Our soul needs that as much as the body needs air. . . Not only that He loves you, but even more- He longs for you. He misses you when you don't come close. He thirsts for you. . . .My children, you don't have to be different for Jesus to love you. Only believe- You are precious to Him. Bring all you are suffering to His feet- only open your heart to be loved by Him as you are. He will do the rest. (St. Teresa of Kolkata)
In the parable of the Prodigal Son, one is always struck by the mercy of the father. Yet more than his generous acts of forgiveness, the deep desire of the father for his son, revealed through the constant vigil he keeps, should gladden the hearts of all who hear. Exhausted by the trials of life and consumed by endless tasks, one may easily forget the eager gaze of the Beloved, patiently waiting to be turned to. One may suffer neglect, rejection, humiliation, or ingratitude by those he strives to please; his heart cries out in vain for human approbation and consolation but none does he receive. It is then, that he must remember that there is One who sees, One who understands, One Who loves him so intimately that He is thirsting for him:
"He loves you always, even when you don't feel worthy. When not accepted by others- even by yourself sometimes- He is the one who always accepts you." (ibid)Our Lord is not a stern judge who hands down arbitrary sentences for past transgressions; He is not a lofty personage, intimate with a chosen few, and distant from most. No, Christ's love for us is ardent, and consuming: He loves us in loneliness, sorrow, frustration, rejection, confusion. Too easily one can dismiss the ache in his heart for Him. Awaken the dormant desire; spend time in front of the Sacrament of Love, pour forth your troubles, and receive the peace you seek.