Capsule for the Day
"In the heart of the world is the broken heart of God and in the heart of God is the brokenness of humanity" (Karl Rahner). There seems to be a mutual in-dwelling of hearts; each reflecting the joy and the sorrow, the love and indifference borne by the other. For what would have made Christ's Heart suffer if not the brokenness of our own hearts.
That God in Christ Jesus has a heart. He can feel. That He can be moved by the plight of humanity reveals He is different from the many gods of the heathens. For this God of ours cares about each of us. He takes every detail of our lives to heart. He has no wish to destroy us (Hosea 11:8-9). He has only one wish: to love us, to love you and to love me.
But it is one thing to be loved and another to accept we are loved. The pierced heart of Christ hanging on the cross is a loud proof of God's love. Thus, when you feel unloved, you should "consider who it is who hangs on the cross for you" (St. Bonaventure). This shouldn't make you feel guilty, it should make you grateful. For this is how far God can go for you.
Fr. Francis Afu