When we ruminate the stupendous love of our Eucharistic Lord, we come face to face with the one who sacrificed his life, that we may have life to the fullest. We are beckoned on to renew our spirit of sacrifice, selflessness, availability and simplicity as a true daughter of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. We are reminded to live out the tenets of our Charism (Love, Sacrifice, Praise and thanksgiving) that we are have been formed and nurtured with. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness” (John 10:10).
When we mull over the sensational, the amazing, the astounding and prodigious love of our dear redeemer, we are moved to be in a pensive mood all day and as an individual to spend quality time and keep company with Him in our private moments. We can never fully comprehend the mystery of this Love Divine. As humans, we can only strive to imitate him, even in our human imperfections.
He tells us, “Come to me, all you who labour and over burden and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” (Matt 11:2-30). Our Eucharistic Lord said to us, learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. He made a special request and a demand on us; to learn from him and internalize the qualities of his heart, the seat of love and his total self-given. We lack fitting words to describe the qualities of the Love of God for us; it is simply, incredible, awesome, sacrificial, phenomenal, and heavenly, etc. The question that should dominate my heart always is what kind of heart, am I offering the Lord? What quality of love am l willing to give to the Lord, and by extension to others?
The heart is the seat of love, from the hearts comes out both evil and good, and everything about the human actions and what we say and do to one another. The Heart of Jesus was Sacred and pure and full of love and compassion and so it gave us the Eucharist, the Sacrament of himself.
What kind of heart am I willing to give the Lord? This is the quality of a heart the Lord expects from me: A heart of love, a soothing heart that offers hope and courage, an alluring heart ready for sacrifice and service. A kind full of kindness, and is patient with others. A heart that sooths the pain of others, a compassionate and forgiving heart, a heart ready to do the will of the beloved, a heart radiating light and faith in a faithless and hopeless darkened world, a childlike and faithful heart, a benevolent and pure heart, a heart striving for perfect charity, a pure and impeccable heart. A heart that is not wicked nor harbours hatred for other, looking for the down fall of others. A heart that is not proud but, a humble and gentle heart. A heart that is truly Eucharistic, which is self-sacrificing, ready to be broken for others, ready to give praise and thanks even in the most difficult situations. and then we can say to the Lord, “Take my heart, take my all, make my heart for something perfect and keep it yourself.
Come Lord and dwell in my heart and transform my life into what is acceptable in your sight. Amen.
Rev. Sr. Jane Marie Ojapah, EHJ
Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
Photos from the Celebration of the Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus on Thursday, June 17, 2021