Thought of the Day April 19, 2022 Encountering Jesus in our heart

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"The mystery of the spiritual life is that Jesus desires to meet us in the seclusion of our own heart, to make his love known to us there, to free us from our fears, and to make our own deepest self known to us. In the privacy of our heart, therefore, we can learn not only to know Jesus but, through Jesus, ourselves as well." (Henri Nouwen)

In the Easter events Jesus appears to those who believed in him. They saw him with their eyes of faith. Occasionally today, Jesus appears to a few people, who also see him with eyes of faith. But for the most of us we encounter Jesus in a different way. With the ears of faith, we hear him speaking to us in the Scriptures. With the eyes of faith we see him sacramentally in the Eucharist. With a heart of love we encounter Jesus in one another. With a heart of faith we encounter Jesus silently in times of prayer. In this latter encounter, Jesus reveals his intimate love for us and receives our love in return. It is these prayer moments that prepare us to better hear his Word, receive his gift of shared life and love as a disciple. Long for these moments of intimacy in prayer.

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