During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: "Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum": Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.
- Mark 1:12-15
- "The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan."
- Mark 9:2-10
- "Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them."
- John 2:13-25
- "He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables, and to those who sold doves he said, 'Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.'"
- John 3:14-21
- "Jesus said to Nicodemus: 'Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.'"
Asking for the grace and help of the Holy Spirit, we can meditate on these scriptures.
for the good of others--for their salvation?
Like the Beloved Disciple at the Last Supper, we can rest our bodies up against Jesus' chest.
We can listen to the beating of his Sacred Heart.
We can close our eyes and inhale the scent of our Lord, truly human and truly God.
He knows our hearts already.
He knows them intimately.
But he loves to hear us tell him all about our hearts--
these hearts he made,
these hearts he enlivens and directs,