It's hard to really understand and internalize that love, for in our human frailty, we most often fail to love either ourselves or others - and all love is a participation in God's divine charity.
This morning I went to the Adoration chapel at my parish to pray the Divine Office and Morning Prayer before completing my errands, still pondering what she had said.
While I don't normally read or pray the "Psalm-Prayer" after every Psalm, today one portion of it from the Office caught my attention:
"We, your children, are weighed down with sin; give us the fullness of your mercy."
That line spoke volumes to me; we are, in fact, weighed down with sin, and only God's great mercy can relieve the crushing burden. Note in the prayer that we don't ask only for a little mercy, but boldly, we ask for what Our Lord has provided through the Cross: the FULLNESS of His mercy.
In prayer, even though we are "weighed down with sin", we still go to Him, prodigal children, humbly demanding our birthright.
It was then that it struck me more profoundly than it ever has before; we have nothing.
I thought of my financial burdens, my burden of sin, my worries, my physical possessions...all of it. In prayer I said to Jesus, "I have nothing to offer because all I possess is my sin; that originates with me."
But no; even sin, even my greatest sins, are taken away through God's mercy in the Sacrament of Confession.
The only thing any of us truly possess, the only thing that makes us fully human, the only real treasure to be sought has been given freely; God's incredible, merciful, fiery Divine Love.
We are all poor in our mere possessions and money; no matter how much we have, it is nothing.
The ONLY thing we really need is not tangible, but is far more real than the biggest gem right down to the smallest penny: God's merciful love.
With that, we have far more than we will ever need; we have only to accept it so that we, too, can bring it to others.
Thank you, Jesus