Our Call to Humanness
“This was to create a single New Man in himself out of the two of them and by restoring peace through the cross… This then is what I pray, kneeling before the Father… Out of his infinite glory, may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, you will with all the saints have strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth; until, knowing the love of Christ, which is beyond all knowledge, you are filled with the utter fulness of God.” (Eph 2:15; 3:14-19)
Each one is called to fulness of life through the love of Jesus. He came to make all things new, to restore all things in him, that our humanness, though weak, might be strong in him. The Father sent his Son to take on human nature to share with us the power of his Spirit that our inner nature might grow to the full stature in Christ. The only thing that can make us complete and whole is the love of God given to us through the Heart of Jesus. Only when we are free can we be completely human. We are freed through the love of Jesus and his suffering humanity. The freedom gained in the love of Jesus unshackles the mind and empowers the spirit of man to expand to his full stature. Through his strengthening of our humanness we grow in the love that makes us whole. We can be completely human only when we give ourselves completely in love. Only love makes our actions human. Our call to be a new man is essentially dependent on our ability to love with Christ’s love. Humans are able to speak, but if we speak with tongues of angels and men but do not have love; we are nothing. Humans are able to believe; but if we have faith to move mountains but have not love, it is worthless. As humans we can make sacrifices, even in our own bodies; but if we have not love, we are nothing at all. We need love to be completely human. Our call to humanness is a call to love.
Heart of Jesus, we thank you for making it possible for us to be whole through the greatest of all gifts you give us: Love. We thank you for freeing our minds from the darkness of deceit and filling them with the light of your truth; for freeing our hearts from the evil of selfishness and giving them the generosity to love, to give for others. We praise you, Jesus, for the great love of your Sacred Heart that has shown us the path to wholeness. We praise you for the love that makes it possible for us to grasp with all the saints and the breadth and the length, the height and the depth of your love which is beyond all knowledge, that we might be filled with utter fulness of God which alone makes us whole. We will proclaim your call of love and wholeness to all our brothers.