That’s how I feel about this certain line that jumped out at me when I heard a song played as background during my favorite TV show (Parenthood). The song, “Lady Adelaide,” seems to describe what I picture to be a young woman and her struggle with intimacy and relationship (my interpretation). The line that stood out to me declares:
“she likes the ideas of things
more than what they are bound to bring”
“The idea of things” all of a sudden has become a recurring theme for me... in a discussion with my daughter, in my pastor’s weekday homily, and today, in a quote by Mother Teresa:
Jesus wants me to tell you again… how much love he has for each one of you—beyond all you can imagine. I worry some of you still have not really met Jesus—one to one—you and Jesus alone. We may spend time in chapel—but have you seen with the eyes of your soul how he looks at 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? As for the grace; he is longing to give it. Until you can hear Jesus in the silence of your own heart, you will not be able to hear him saying, ‘I thirst’ in the hearts of the poor. Never give up this daily intimate contact with Jesus as the real living person—not just the idea (emphasis mine!).
As Mother Teresa’s 1993 letter goes on to emphasize, “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 to breathe the air. If not, prayer is dead—meditation only thinking. Jesus wants you each to hear him—speaking in the silence of your heart…
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.
~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta,
as quoted in Magnificat,
January 8, 2015.
|photos of street art in Valparaiso and Santiago de Chile|