Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today’s Memorial of St. Margaret Mary to whom Jesus appeared, reminds us of His words:
“Behold the Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify Its love” (Revelation of the Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary, June 1675).
Continuing Chapter 2 in True Devotion by St. Louis de Montfort, we also remember how little love we have given in return for His Great Love toward us.
Second principle: We belong to Jesus and Mary as their slaves
- From what Jesus Christ is in regard to us we must conclude, as St. Paul says, that we belong not to ourselves but entirely to Him as His members and His slaves, for he bought us at an infinite price - the shedding of His Precious Blood. Before baptism, we belonged to the devil as slaves, but baptism made us in very truth slaves of Jesus.
We must therefore live, work and die for the sole purpose of bringing forth fruit for Him, glorifying Him in our body and letting Him reign in our soul. We are His conquest, the people He has won, His heritage.
It is for this reason that the Holy Spirit compares us: 1) to trees that are planted along the waters of grace in the field of the Church and which must bear their fruit when the time comes; 2) to branches of the vine of which Jesus is the stem, which must yield good grapes; 3) to a flock of sheep of which Jesus is the Shepherd, which must increase and give milk; 4) to good soil cultivated by God, where the seed will spread and produce crops up to thirty-fold, sixty- fold, or a hundred-fold. Our Lord cursed the barren fig-tree and condemned the slothful servant who wasted his talent.
All this proves that He wishes to receive some fruit from our wretched selves, namely, our good works, which by right belong to Him alone, “created in Jesus Christ for good works”. These words of the Holy Spirit show that Jesus is the sole source and must be the sole end of all our good works, and that we must serve him not just as paid servants but as slaves of love. Let me explain what I mean.
- There are two ways of belonging to another person and being subject to his authority. One is by ordinary service and the other is by slavery. And so we must use the terms “servant” and “slave”. Ordinary service in Christian countries is when a man is employed to serve another for a certain length of time at a wage which is fixed or agreed upon. When a man is totally dependent on another for life, and must serve his master without expecting any wages or recompense, when he is treated just like a beast of the field over which the owner has the right of life and death, then it is slavery.
God willing, tomorrow, # 70 explains how the saints chose “Voluntary Slavery”. #70 went over the Word count today.
Come Holy Spirit fill us with Your Love as you filled Mary!