What the Heart of Jesus Teaches Us He showed them his hands, and his side.
St. John 20: 20
It is not enough, dear Brothers, to read these touching
words of our Lord, we should carefully consider what is written in His
five Wounds. The Wound of the Side, that is to say, the Wound of the
Heart, teaches us how great is the tender love of Jesus Christ. This
love has imparted unspeakable radiancy and incomparable sweetness to all
that He has said and done and suffered for us. The love of Jesus is
very fervent and very deep. It is poured out on all men, even on those
who are ungrateful and are His enemies; and this love has chosen the
Wound of the Sacred Heart for its dwelling. No one was able to take away
our Lord's life, but love conquered Him and constrained Him to deliver
Himself up to death for us. Yet even death could not make His love to
cease. Why indeed was His Heart opened with a spear after death, if not
to point out to us this love, which determined Him to endure so many
pains and such deep suffering for our sake?
And after His
Resurrection, did Jesus say to His Apostles: Go and avenge Me? No, He
said: Go ye, preach to every creature, and to those that believe,
baptize. Baptize them with the Water which issued from My Side, which
flowed from My Heart! Therefore, dear Brothers, when your mind is filled
with dangerous thoughts and evil inclinations, when you sigh under the
weight of trouble, sadness and affliction, take refuge in the Wounds of
Jesus, above all in that which opens to you the door of His Heart. Hide
yourself in His Heart, cast yourself into It, cling to It; and the
remembrance of so much loving kindness will make you forget your sorrows
and your sufferings. If you would prove the efficacy of the divine
remedy which I recommend, try for yourselves, and you will not regret
Carthusian of Cologne.
Born in 1489, died in 1539.