By Sr. M. Judith Waldt, MHSH
(This post is part 5 in a six part series on “To Love Like Jesus: A Spirituality of the Heart”. Each week, we will post a reflection based on the Litany of the Heart by Wendy M. Wright. To read the Litany, click here. As Women of the Heart, the Mission Helper Sisters invite you to pray and reflect with us during the next week, as we publish one reflection each week on this rich and inviting spirituality).With us, ponder:
What would it mean to love like Jesus?
What would it mean to have a heart like his?
Heart of Jesus, Hear our prayer!
Womb of Justice
Birthplace of peace
Our dearest hopes
Longing of our lives
I am often reminded of the words of Meister Eckart who said, “Unmovable disinterest brings man (woman) into the likeness of God. To be full of things is to be empty of God; to be empty of things is to be full of God. We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born.”
Taking to heart these words shown at the top of this post from the Litany of the Heart by Wendy M. Wright, I am challenged to ask myself, “What am I bringing to birth in the world today?” Do I reflect the mercy of God in the womb of justice? What would that look like for you? In a reflection by Pope Francis he states, “Lord, let me be just, but just with mercy. In God justice is mercy and mercy is justice.”
What if each of us were to bring justice to birth? Can we strive to create a birthplace of peace in ourselves, in our homes, our borders, places torn apart by violence?
My dearest hope is that we will turn our swords in to plowshares. That our efforts to be a womb of justice, a birthplace of peace be woven into the longing of our lives. That our efforts will bear fruit and will have a “pay it forward effect” in the lives and place of our world most in need of God presence.
“We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born.”
Heart of Jesus, hear our prayer.