Thought of the Day June 2, 2016

By 12:48 PM

"Very often we distance ourselves from Jesus. We say, 'What Jesus knew we cannot know, and what Jesus did we cannot do.' But Jesus never puts any distance between himself and us. He says: 'I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father' (John 15:15) and 'In all truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, and will perform even greater works' (John 14:12). Indeed, we are called to know what Jesus knew and do what Jesus did. Do we really want that, or do we prefer to keep Jesus at arms' length?" (Henri Nouwen) How true it is that we put Jesus many times at arms length, because we are afraid of what he may ask of us. It is like what St Augustine once said: "I want to be holy, but not now." In other words, we am not ready to give up that which prevents us from growing in holiness, namely our deliberate sins. In his mercy, Jesus waits for us, but not  forever. At some point, justice will enter in. Why wait? Now is the acceptable time to turn fully to the Lord and to surrender to his loving embrace.

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