The Forgiving and Compassionate Love of Jesus
"Nothing, therefore, can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked... These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us... For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord... When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus: No! He not only died for us - he rose from the dead, and there at God's right hand he stands and pleads for us." (Rom 8:35-39; 33, 34)
This man welcomes sinners and eats with them. He sees them like sheep without a shepherd. The love of the Heart of Jesus will not allow anything to come between Him and the sinners he died to save. Even if a mother should forget her child, yet he will not forget us. He is meek and humble of heart, full of love and forgiveness. Love forgives all and bears no resentment. He takes no delight in our sins, but seeks to destroy them with his own love.
When the leper approached Jesus and said, "If you want to, you can cure me." Jesus feeling sorry for him stretched forth his hand and touched him. "Of course, I want to!" he said, "Be cured." The tender compassion of the Heart of Jesus shows clearly in his healing of the sick. How much more in forgiving those who have sinned? We have an advocate with the Father who stands at his right hand and pleads for us. The woman who washed Jesus' feet with her hair was able to show this great love because she had been forgiven so much. Jesus desires that we bring our sins to him because he wants to do for us what he has done for so many. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He will allow nothing to come between us and his love - not even our sins.
Lord Jesus, we thank you for the love of your Heart in forgiving all our sins. We thank you for standing by us in our time of need, for saying to us, "Of course I want to; be cured!" We praise you for pleading for us at the right hand of the Father, for welcoming us, and even sharing yourself with us in word and in bread. We thank you for allowing nothing that exists, not any created thing to stand in the way of your loving forgiveness. We will strive to imitate the virtues of your heart, especially those of forgiveness, generosity, compassion, and love. We will proclaim your compassionate love to all sinners because you have the words of eternal life.