By Sr. Carole Ruland, MHSH
(This post is part 2 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 5 weeks, 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?
Lately, I have been praying with the Scriptures, to gather some of the events that express what Jesus’s Heart called him to do and to be in the world of his time. The Gospels show us how Jesus touched the lives of the people when he walked the earth. We are called to love and reach out to the people of today. “Spirituality of the Heart” is expressed in many different ways. The love Jesus showed during his life on earth is our spiritual challenge of today and tomorrow in a world that needs the love of God. We are challenged by Jesus’ life to be unconditionally loving, caring, compassionate, healing, forgiving, transforming, inclusive, and merciful.
Matthew 11:29-30 tells us: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.” The bible tells us that when Jesus saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them. He healed those who needed healing! He fed those who were hungry!
We, too, often find ourselves in the midst of situations that need someone to reach out to help people. In my hospice ministry with the dying, I felt like I was opening myself and receiving the gift of following in the footsteps of Jesus. In turn, I was given more peace than I ever could have expected.
We may not be able to do what Jesus could do, but the warmth in our own hearts can give some support to others. And, when we are able to help another, we can let the love of God touch us as he did in his life. Even a “hello” has power to lift spirits, and produce smiles.