The worship of love ought to make us go with great confidence into the Presence of Our Lord.
Let us personalize His love. Let us say to Him: "Lord, behold me, whom Thou hast loved so much, to whom Thou dost hold out Thy arms!" This thought will expand the heart. Say to yourself that Our Lord loves you personally. we cannot be insensible to such a thought. This thought is, besides, the secret of real recollection. There is nothing forced about it. To be recollected in Our Lord, to act in that spirit, to fulfil all the obligations of your state, cast yourself on the goodness of Our Lord. Your heart will beat in His, and that is recollection. At the same time the mind will be free and independent. You can bend it to whatever you will. The heart directs and governs the head. It transmits to it its influence. Thus it is that the presence of God is bound up with everything. If the mind were always under the impression of His greatness and majesty, it would become absorbed or fatigued, and lose the sight of God or its own duties. But recollection of heart is real. God has given us a mind that is more or less limited, that is quickly exhausted. But the heart has a much wider range, a far higher power. It can always increase in love, and the loving presence of God permeates everything. It encourages us to action. Under its influence we know well that God is good and merciful, we live in His bounty. It is thus that the servant, newly engaged, flies at a sign from his master! The latter owes him no gratitude for it, because he is acting in view of his wages. But filial obedience has a perfume that nothing can replace and which nothing can tire out. It is affectionate, it is free from vanity. That is what Our Lord demands of us. He is willing that a tiny stream of it should flow out to parents, but the great river He wants for Himself. Let us, then, give Him our whole heart. On entering His Presence, let us offer Him the homage of instinctive and profound respect for His Majesty; but after that let us hasten to cast ourselves into the arms of His goodness, and abide in it. "Abide in My love!" I have loved the beauty of Thy house. (Ps. xxv, 8.)
One day a woman, and she was a good adorer, came to Jesus to adore Him. She brought with her an alabaster vase of perfume, which she poured over His feet to show her love for Him and to honor His Divinity and Sacred Humanity. "Why this waste?" asked the traitor Judas. "This perfume might have been sold at a very high price, and the money given to the poor." But Jesus took the part of His servant: "What this woman has done, she has done well. Wheresoever this Gospel shall be preached, this action shall be related to her praise." Let us see the application of this evangelical fact. The Lord is in the Blessed Sacrament to receive from men the same homage as from those that approached Him during His mortal life. He is there that all may render personal homage to His Sacred Humanity. If this were the only reason for the existence of the Eucharist we should be very happy to be able to render to Our Lord in person our Christian duty. Public worship has, because of His Presence, a reason of existence, a life. Take away the Real Presence, and how should we render to His Sacred Humanity the respect and honor to which He has a right? As man, Our Lord is only in Heaven and in the Most Blessed Sacrament. It is by the Eucharist that we can approach Him in person, living. There we can see Him, talk to Him. Without this Presence, worship would become an abstraction. By this Presence we go directly to God, and we approach Him as during His mortal life. What a misfortune to be reduced to the necessity when honoring the Humanity of Jesus Christ, of transporting ourselves in imagination to nineteen centuries ago! That would do, indeed, for the mind; but how render exterior homage to a past so far away? We should have to content ourselves with thanking for those mysteries without becoming participants in them. But as it is, I may adore like the shepherds; I may prostrate like the Magi. We need have no regret for not having been at Bethlehem or on Calvary.
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