How Christ Loves

“He [Christ] was not satisfied with healing those who came to Him the lame and the diseased and the blind at a distance. He chose to come in personal contact with the afflicted, making clay and spreading it on the eyes of the sightless, and taking the hand of the Ruler’s daughter who was dead, and so raising her to life. And, again, we read that mothers ‘brought unto Him also children, that He might touch them’ (Mk 10:13). He entered into the house of Simon the leper, and suffered ‘the woman who was a sinner’ to kiss His feet and water them with her tears. The crowd pressed round Him, and He rebuked them not; and when His disciples (how like what we should have done!), wearied of the importunity of the woman of Canaan, said, ‘Send her away, for she crieth after us,’ He only turned to her and praised her faith, and sent her away comforted.”

“But it was not till the eve of His sacred Passion that Christ gave an explanation of His meaning in these words: ‘After having washed their feet . . . being sat down again, He said to them: Know you what I have done to you? You call Me Master and Lord; and you say well, for so I am. If then I, being your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.’ (Jn 13:12-14) And this personal service must be accompanied with love, or, rather, it must owe its source to love and be the very outcome of it.”

“How are we to know that we possess this love, without which we not only cannot claim to be Christ’s disciples, but do not even bear an outward resemblance to them? . . . [St. Paul] says that it does not consist in alms-giving—a most illuminating distinction. ‘If I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.’ Then he goes on to explain what it is: ‘Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil; . . . beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things’ (1 Cor 13:3-7).”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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