What You Are In Love With... Will Affect Everything
Medjugorje October 15, 2013 A.D.
October 15, 2013 A.D.
During a homily in Medjugorje, Bishop Robert Gruss from South Dakota tells how he arrived at his conversion experience, and the relationship God desires to have with us:
So what happened, I quit flying, I quit my job flying, by this time it was a number of years down the road and I had a great flying job, a perfect flying job, flying all over the country, making lots of money. It was great, but I gave that up. I broke up with my girlfriend of two years; I was very close to getting engaged too. And I went into the seminary. And now 20 some years, 24 years later I stand before you, in quite a different role. Amazing, amazing journey, there’s so much more to tell you. But more than anything, God more than anything wants us for Himself, all of us and every part of us, both the sinfulness and the holiness. He never stops looking or seeking after us. He wants to love us into holiness. We can’t get there on our own, only God can love us, Christ Jesus can love us into holiness. He will find us and we will find Him as we hear the word of God. Take it into our hearts as Mary did, ponder it. Not just look at it and observe it. Ponder it. You know often times the world is full of Christians that know about Jesus, but there’s far less who know Him personally and intimately. That’s what He wants. That’s what He wants from every one of us. He wants us to come to know Him personally and intimately. Not about Him but know Him personally. You know there’s a wonderful book by an author Fr. Jean Corbon, it’s called The Well Spring of Worship. He says, there’s a wonderful line in this book that says, “The most fruitful activity of the human person is to be able to receive God.” Isn’t that beautiful. The most fruitful activity of the human person is for us to be able to receive God. It means giving up all of our control and power. It means surrendering everything in faith and in trust and in humility. You know the life of faith; it’s all about intimacy with Jesus. That’s what it’s about. Placing ourselves totally in His hands. It’s not just to seek an experience with Him, but to seek this union. When we come up for Communion, Communion, union with Him, that’s what happens when you come up to receive Him, body, blood, soul and divinity. It’s the most intimate encounter we can possibly have if our hearts are open to that encounter. But if the most fruitful activity of the human person is to receive God, then in our daily lives, prayer and reflection on His word is most important. It’s important because this is what enlightens the heart, the spirit to receive God, this is what enables us and draws us into this love relationship. We will only come to know deeply the love of God when His word is alive in us. As we take it in, He will continue to love us into holiness. That’s why He says in the beginning of this Gospel, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
“Let me conclude with one of my favorite quotes. You know I’ve fallen in love with God over and over and I’m still falling more deeply in love with Him everyday as I seek Him in my life. But one of the former heads of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, in one of my all time favorite books said, “Nothing, nothing is more practical than finding God, that is falling in love with God in a quiet absolute way.” He said, “What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning. It will decide what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends. It will decide what you read, who you know or who you hang around with, what breaks your heart, what amazes you in joy and gratitude.” He says, “Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.” I fell in love and I hope staying in love will decide everything in my life. It gave me my vocation and the direction in which God was calling me. He wants you to fall in love, deeply. Today. Pray for that and Mary can be assured in giving it to you.”
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