No Greater Love
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For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17
One night a man had a dream. He found himself standing in front of a judge. On his right, stood the accuser. He was going over and over and listing all the sins that he had ever committed in his life. It was a long list.
In his defense, well there was no defense, only people standing beside him, mostly in silence. Some people were praying. There was a woman with her head bowed down holding a rosary in her hand. At any rate there was no answer to any of the accusations.
The accuser stated that this was an open and shut case, and that he should receive the maximum penalty allowed by law.
Finally, the judge spoke. “Based upon the overwhelming evidence before me, I have no choice but to sentence you to death.” Just as he was going to be taken away, the judge suddenly comes down from the bench and pushes him out of the way and says, “I will take his place, I will suffer his punishment.”
“Why?” he cried. “Because I love you.”
Suddenly he woke up and he was in a church in front of the Blessed Sacrament. He knelt and he began to shed tears. Tears of joy and thanksgiving. He didn’t know that he was loved that much.
Just how high, how wide and how deep is God’s love for us. He is always there waiting for us in the tabernacle or on the altar. Waiting, hoping that we won’t forget him. Why? Because He loves us.
The mystery of the Eucharist, the most sublime of all the mysteries shows us how big God is, and at the same time how small God is. We can feed on the Word of God where we can get to know Him – to ponder and meditate on His Word – to let Him change us. We can also feed on His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The most intimate communion of His entire self with ourselves. We can even spend time with Him, in His Presence, in Adoration.
Why? Because He loves us.
For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him. Deuteronomy 4:7
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come to him and eat with him, and he with me.
Without adoration, there is no transformation of the world.
Pope Benedict XVI