Reflection – Completeness in God

March 2, 2018 – Oh, apostles of my love, how much my motherly heart loves you. How many things I desire to teach you. How my motherly heart desires that you be complete, and you can be complete only when your soul, body and love are united within you.

I remember talking with someone recently about this particular part of Our Lady’s message:

“…you can be complete only when your soul, body and love are united within you.”

We threw ideas back and forth at each other, pondering what it meant for our souls, bodies, and love to be united from within ourselves. We can certainly say at times in our lives that there is a sort of disconnect between the three. I was reminded of what Jesus said to the disciples in Gethsemane:

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” [Matthew 26:41]

The flesh, our human nature, seeks its own will, while the spirit seeks God’s will. This is a battle we face daily in little and great things.

Then some days went by and I read the Gospel reading for Mass yesterday, and found myself pleasantly surprised:

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,”Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, He is One and there is no other than he. And to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions. [Mark 12:28-34]

Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

“…you can be complete only when your soul, body and love are united within you.”

Our Lady is echoing her Son’s words to us once again. Her desire is what her Son desires, and that is for us to be complete. And the way to completeness is by loving God the Father with our entire being. Then will the empty spaces and that disconnect within us, be resolved and satisfied because we will be giving our will to Him. The will is the key to everything.

If we give it to God, He will safeguard our faculties and give us strength to go on. But if we keep it for ourselves, leaving it open to the enemy of the soul, we will continue to suffer in that incompleteness.

Once we are made complete by loving God, by being united to Him, everything else will fall into place. We will be able to then love our neighbor; we will find hope, peace, purpose, freedom, and joy. More so than we could’ve imagined.

If we want to see an example of that completeness we can look no further than Jesus and Mary.

St. John of the Cross once wrote:

Take God for your bridegroom and friend, and walk with him continually; and you will not sin and will learn to love, and the things you must do will work out prosperously for you.

May the Mother of God continue leading us, her children, to Him until we all find God and love Him with our whole being!

 

 

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