The Humanness of Jesus
"And I am going to show you a way that is better than any of them... Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other peoples' sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes. Love does not come to an end... You must want love more than anything else..." (1 Cor 12:31; 13:4-8; 14:1)
The Heart of Jesus is the way that is better than any other. We can truly say that He is always patient and kind. With what patience he waited for a response to his love; with what kindness he welcomes us. His Heart was not proud or conceited but gave all glory to the Father. He was not rude even to those who made Him suffer: Pilate, the priests, the pharisees, sinners. Far from being selfish he poured out the love of his Heart on all with great abundance. He came to give life to all and He was ready to pay the price for all. He did not take offence even when his best friends left him, but was anxious to receive them back; he bore no resentment when his own townspeople rejected him, even when his own family doubted him. He always treated sin as an enemy, but welcomed the sinner. How many times he has found excuses for us: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." How many times he trusted those who would betray him and always hoped they would respond to his love enduring whatever happened as a result of that hope and trust. The human Heart of Jesus was tender and gentle, full of compassion, always reaching out for all of us.
Jesus, we thank you for showing us the true meaning of love by the way you have drawn us with the bands of love; for loving us with an everlasting love. We thank you for being our way to the love of the Father who works all things to the good of those who love Him. We praise you for your patience in waiting for our response to your love, your kindness in accepting us, your humility in forgiving us, your suffering in redeeming us, your unselfishness in sharing your Father with us. We praise you for the abundance of the life and love you give to us, for setting us free when we were captives of sin and darkness, for teaching us that the just man lives by faith, perseveres through hope, and grows whole through love. We will proclaim your loving presence to all our brothers.