Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we continue our 33 day preparation, we are coming close to the end of this first preliminary period of 12 days, during which St. Louis de Montfort encourages us in “True Devotion” to be:
…emptying themselves of the spirit of the world, which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus…
We’ve been listening also to the words of John’s First letter in which we heard:
Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world.
Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever. (1 John 2: 15-17)
Pondering the phrase “the love of the Father” how can we not think of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Jesus, the Son of God, became flesh in the womb of Mary:
For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (Gospel of John 3: 16-18)
I thought again of the Nativity scene I posted at the beginning of this journey, see HERE. The Baby Jesus is embracing a lamb. What an image for us to ponder, appreciating the Heart of God Made Man, willing to be sacrificed as a Lamb Himself for the strayed sheep of His flock, the flock entrusted to Him by His Father! Oh the depths of God’s Love for us! Today is the First Friday of December and an opportunity for us to offer reparation for our sins and the sins of the world. How much we all have offended the Heart of God!