We have a limited time in this life. Seize the day. When you die, will you have given out all the love that you will wish you had? This is our legacy – that the world will be better because of our contribution – maybe that we have inspired others to change it for the better too.
This body, this mind, this soul – this is what God has to work with. This is the instrument through which Love wants to be present in the world. As St Teresa of Avila wrote, “Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ’s compassion to the world.”
To love our neighbour as ourselves is to see our neighbour as ourselves, and ourselves as our neighbour. This is death to the self that looks first after ‘number one’, that’s going to die anyway. What we give to others is what we will receive. Quick! Let us store up treasure in heaven!
Personally I need great grace to follow this. It’s logical. It’s joyful. It’s vital. But my ultimately counter-productive tendency to separate-self-preservation or to short-term gratification fights it. “For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Paul to the Romans, Ch7:14-25)
“For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to be our Saviour, so that those who believe in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
If we believe, and we can choose to believe – to open our mind to the possibility, and to accept it – it opens a doorway to heaven, to a dimension of being where our soul can become what it was created and destined to be – pure love. For this to happen we need to accept the great grace of the Healer, the one who took our souls’ wounds on Himself, and by pure love and forgiveness, heals them. In uniting with Him we can receive this healing. It will involve us forgiving those who have hurt us, ‘for they know not what they do’ – that they are hurting themselves. It is in forgiving that we receive forgiveness. It is dying that we are born to eternal Life.