If we are truly the Bride of Christ and one with Him, we must resemble Him in all ways. He told us that we must take up our cross if we are to be His disciples. Salvation is a free gift but discipleship costs “no less than everything”.
“And if you wish to be the spouse of the Crucified, you must renounce completely your own will and have no other aspiration than to do the will of God.” — Spiritual writings of St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
Jesus urges us to “seek first the kingdom of God”. What other things consume our thoughts? What desires captivate us and turn our attention away from our Beloved?
“In order to follow Him in holy chastity, your heart must be free from every earthly aspiration. Jesus Crucified must be the object of your every longing, of your every desire, of your every thought.”– Spiritual writings of St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told us that the pure in heart will see God. Let us seek Him with single-minded determination and devotion, embracing all that comes to us through divine Providence. May we recognize in these events and trials, opportunities to cooperate with His sanctifying grace and to participate in His mission through redemptive suffering.
“The Cross is the way which leads from earth to heaven. Those who embrace it with faith, love and hope are taken up right into the heart of the Trinity.”– Spiritual writings of St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) said to her nuns that Jesus, their Bridegroom was always gazing at them and encouraged them to turn and look at Him often. Let us gaze on the Holy Face of the suffering Jesus and console Him with our “yes”.
“The eyes of the Crucified gaze upon you. They question you and appeal to you. Do you wish seriously to renew your alliance with Him? What will your response be?”– Spiritual writings of St. Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
Lord, help me to seek after You with an undivided heart, desiring nothing more than union with You and embracing with joy, peace and trust whatever prepares me for this spiritual marriage. Give me a deeper love for You and remove from me all attachments that hinder me from fully living out Your mission of redeeming love.