Dear children! In this time of grace, I call you anew to prayer and renunciation. May your day be interwoven with little ardent prayers for all those who have not come to know God’s love. Thank you for having responded to my call. February 25, 2008
• We all know of people who have yet to know the love of God – perhaps even some family members and friends. For those who know and experience God’s love in their heart, the signs will be very visible. God’s light will shine through their witness and example.
John the Apostle was a wonderful example of what happens to those who come to know God’s love. In his Gospel, he frequently refers to himself not as John or I, but as “the disciple who Jesus loved”.
It isn’t as if Jesus didn’t love any of the other disciples, but just that John’s heart had come to know the love of Jesus in all its fullness, and because of this he was moved to witness and identify himself with Jesus in such a special way. In fact, John’s identification of himself in this manner was his personal surrender to the love of God, similar to Mary’s ‘Fiat’.
When we allow and accept God’s will to enter our hearts, then we allow God’s love to be fulfilled. In John’s Gospel, another ‘John’ – the Baptist – humbles himself to God’s love in this way: “He must grow greater, I must grow smaller.” (John 3 : 30)
Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke these words: “Dear brothers and sisters, let us too open our hearts to the confident hearing of the word of God to meet, like the Samaritan woman, Jesus, who reveals his love to us and says to us: The Messiah, your Saviour, ‘It is I, who speak to you’ (John 4 : 26). May Mary, first and perfect disciple of Christ, obtain this gift for us.
Today, Mary invites us to assist her and be ardent with our prayers in obtaining this gift for those who do not know the love of God.