October 2, 2018 – “…Apostles of my love, my children, be like the rays of the sun which with the warmth of my Son’s love warm everyone around them. My children, the world needs apostles of love; the world needs much prayer, but prayer spoken with the heart and the soul and not only pronounced with the lips. My children, long for holiness but in humility, in the humility which permits my Son to do that which He desires through you.”
Be like the rays of the sun which with the warmth of my Son’s love warm everyone around them…
These words bring about beautiful imagery of Jesus’ love. And I think we can all agree that the warmth of God’s love is indeed what our cold, sterile world needs more than ever.
We understand the way the sun’s rays affect us and nature each day. It is a source of life; it heats the atmosphere, nourishes us, makes plants grow, and is a light source. The sun is constantly life-giving. Without it there’d be no life.
In her message, the Blessed Mother asks for us to be those extended rays of Jesus’ love, who is our ultimate and true source life. His love keeps us alive, and supports us in our earthly journey that is filled with highs and lows. He is our life-source and hope. Without Him we struggle even to understand ourselves better or others around us.
So, how can we become extended rays of Jesus’ love? By receiving His love. Our Lady often asks us in her messages to open our hearts to His life-giving love:
April 25, 2008 – “Dear children! Also today, I call all of you to grow in God’s love as a flower which feels the warm rays of spring. In this way, also you, little children, grow in God’s love and carry it to all those who are far from God. Seek God’s will and do good to those whom God has put on your way, and be light and joy. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
May 25, 2015 – “Dear children! Also today I am with you and with joy I call all of you: pray and believe in the power of prayer. Open your hearts, little children, so that God may fill you with His love and you will be a joy to others. Your witness will be powerful and everything you do will be interwoven with God’s tenderness. I am with you and I pray for you and your conversion until you put God in the first place. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Let Him love you! Let Him brighten up your life, dry tears of despair and heal your wounds. His love does not subtract, only multiplies! And when that happens, when we allow His love to enter our hearts, His love will find its way to others around us. He will love and warm others with His love through us. As we receive Jesus’ love through prayer, faith, obedience and surrender, it will work within us and around us without us really knowing it.
If we want others to feel the love of Christ, if we want things to somehow change in the world around us, we have to start at home first. We have to start with our own selves. If I choose not to receive Jesus’ love first in my own heart, and not love Him, how could I ever expect others to do the same? How will they feel the warm rays of His love if I don’t feel it first?
We don’t need to invent such love. His is more than enough. May Our Lady continue guiding us in receiving Jesus’ love each day, so that we can love Him more, and allow His love to reach others.
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and 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.”
And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he; and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” [Mark 12:28-34]